Mussina is mechanical marvel

Orioles notebook

September 17, 1991|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff

BOSTON -- As far as John Oates was concerned, Mike Mussina's latest effort was just another night at the ballpark.

"He's mechanically sound, so he's going to be able to do the things he's supposed to do," the Orioles' manager said of his rookie righthander after the 9-2 win over the Red Sox.

Mussina scattered 10 hits in recording his first major-league complete game -- and the first by an Orioles pitcher in Fenway Park since Mike Boddicker went the distance in a 14-3 win June 20, 1986.

Mussina (4-4) struck out three and didn't walk a batter while lowering his earned run average to 3.47.

* DH'S ON A POWER SURGE: With the two home runs and three RBIs by Randy Milligan last night, the Orioles' designated hitters now have 31 home runs and 99 RBIs for the season. Sam Horn has done the most damage as a DH, with 19 of his 21 home runs and 53 of his 57 RBIs coming in that role (counting pinch-hits for the DH). A year ago, the Orioles had only 65 RBIs from their designated hitters.

In the 18 years that the DH rule has been in effect, Orioles' designated hitters have averaged 18 home runs and 81 RBIs.

* POWER SURGE CONTINUED: After only 15 games, the Orioles already have 25 home runs and 53 extra-base hits this month, both tops in the major leagues.

The Orioles have homered in eight straight games (16 total) and Chris Hoiles became the seventh player to reach double figures when he hit his 10th last night.

* TRACKING RIP: Cal Ripken needs one more to become the eighth Oriole to hit 30 home runs in a season. Eddie Murray did it five times, Boog Powell four, Frank Robinson three, Jim Gentile two, Gus Triandos, Ken Singleton and Larry Sheets once each.

Only three other shortstops have hit 30 home runs in a season. Ernie Banks did it five times (all over 40), Vern Stephens twice and Rico Petrocelli once.

* THIS 'N THAT: Ripken and Hoiles each had three hits last night. For Ripken it was his major-league leading 63rd multi-hit game. Dwight Evans was the only starter to go hitless for the Orioles.

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