Davis continues offensive resurgence

Orioles notebook

July 23, 1992|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer Patti Singer contributed to this article.

CHICAGO -- Designated hitter Glenn Davis reached base three times in four plate appearances yesterday, continuing an offensive resurgence that could factor heavily in the Orioles' chances of staying in contention in the American League East.

Davis singled home the club's first run and also had a double and a walk. He has 12 hits in his last 32 at-bats to raise his average to .280.

He reached base in all five of his plate appearances Tuesday night and contributed an important RBI single in the series opener.

Bullpen blowups revisited

The Orioles' bullpen collapsed Tuesday and came unraveled again yesterday, but manager Johnny Oates managed to find a way to look at the situation from a positive angle.

"Our bullpen has pitched so well for us the last couple of years, this makes you step back and realize that you can't take it for granted," he said. "We were flying pretty high after two great wins, but just when you think you've got it made, this game can bring you back to earth."

The errors of their ways

The Orioles were on pace to break the major-league record for fewest errors in a season -- until yesterday. Third baseman Leo Gomez missed a sharp ground ball in the third inning and center fielder Mike Devereaux dropped a fly ball in the fourth.

The club has 49 errors in 94 games, a pace that would carry them to a fraction over 84 -- the record set by the Minnesota Twins in 1988.

Getting away with it

Orioles pitchers have walked 23 batters in the seven games since the All-Star break, but only two of them have come around to score. Robin Ventura walked and scored in the sixth inning of Monday night's game and Tim Raines scored after being intentionally walked on Tuesday night.

Williamson pitches

Right-hander Mark Williamson made his first competitive appearance yesterday since undergoing elbow surgery on May 12. He pitched two innings for the Double-A Hagerstown Suns and gave up two runs on two hits in the resumption of a suspended game against the Canton-Akron Indians. He faced eight batters, striking out two and walking none. He threw 26 pitches, 18 of them for strikes.

Milacki goes distance

Bob Milacki recorded his second complete-game victory in two starts for the Rochester Red Wings, defeating the Pawtucket Red Sox, 4-2, last night at Silver Stadium.

Milacki (2-0) allowed nine hits, including a home run to former Oriole John Shelby, walked three and struck out four. He had pitched a seven-inning complete game in the opener of Saturday's doubleheader against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Miscellaneous

The Orioles entered the road trip finale leading the league in both on-base percentage (.348) and slugging percentage (.414). They also lead the league in intentional walks, accepting 35 in 93 games going into yesterday. . . . Carlton Fisk's three-run double on Monday night was his first extra-base hit of the season. . . . Gomez's last four hits have driven in a total of nine runs.

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