Nagy dazzles Orioles with 1-hitter, 6-0 Indians righty allows only infield hit by Davis

August 09, 1992|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

There were no anxiety attacks last night, except for the historians of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Unlike the previous evening, when it was hard to count the number of ways they lost, this time the Orioles didn't have a chance.

Charles Nagy came within a scatchy, but clean, infield single opitching the first no-hitter in the history of Baltimore's new baseball palace. But after 6 1/3 hitless innings, Nagy settled for a one-hitter as the Cleveland Indians blanked the Orioles, 6-0.

Nagy (12-7) was brilliant as he faced only 29 batters, two ovethe minimum. Glenn Davis spoiled his no-hit bid with a gently

rolling ground ball that didn't make it to the outfield grass, but found a hole between shortstop and third base.

Brady Anderson, who walked and stole second in the first inningwas the only Oriole to advance beyond first base as Nagy was in control from start to finish. The Indians backed up his superlative effort with a 13-hit attack that included home runs by Carlos Baerga, Albert Belle and Mark Lewis. Arthur Rhodes (4-1) took all of the brunt of the long-ball barrage as the Orioles lost for the first time in his six starts.

The loss was the second straight for the Orioles, who have nolost four straight times against the resurgent Indians. After starting the season with a seemingly hapless 14-30 record, the Indians have gone 35-31 in an attempt to evacuate the basement the Ameican League's Eastern Division.

Nagy seemed to be the least impressed by his performance. "Iwasn't a thing of beauty," he said, "but it got my job done. I didn't think I had an overpowering fastball."

Power, however, is not what made Nagy an All-Star, even thoughe recorded seven strikeouts last night. He is more of a finesse pitcher.

"He didn't look overpowering, but he changed speeds," saiOrioles manager Johnny Oates. "He threw his breaking ball when he was behind in the count, and when he got ahead [in the game] he challenged everybody. He made good pitches."

It didn't take long for Rhodes to show off his heralded fastball -- or for the Indians to catch up with it. The left-hander struck out three of the five batters he faced in the first inning -- but the other two, Lewis and Albert, both doubled to give the Indians a quick 1-0 lead.

DThat set the tone for the early going as seven of the eight hits off Rhodes went for extra bases. In the seven games he has lost this year, Nagy has been the recipient of only 10 runs from the Indians' erratic offense.

But last night he had a lead before he walked onto the field -and the Indians padded it to a comfortable margin.

In the third inning Thomas Howard rifled a double to right-centefield and with two outs, Baerga and Belle hit drives high and deep into the left-field seats.

The home runs, the 16th for Baerga and 21st for Belle, were onlthe second and third allowed by Rhodes since he was called up from Rochester a month ago. Two innings later, Lewis added to the total by blasting his fifth of the year into the seats adjacent to the bullpen.

When Belle walked with one out in the fifth, Rhodes made hiearliest departue of the year, giving way to Todd Frohwirth. A ground ball single by Carlos Martinez and an infield hit by Glenallen Hill on which Frohwirth was late covering first base set up another run, which scored on Mark Whiten's infield grounder.

During his brief stay on the mound, Rhodes compiled an unusuapitching line. In 4 1/3 innings he struck out seven, but gave up the three express shots among the eight hits he allowed, and was charged with six runs.

As a result his earned run average skyrocketed from a miniscul2.19 to a more modest 3.26.

Meanwhile, Nagy was showing no signs of a recent slump iwhich he lost three straight decisions. After walking Anderson to lead off the first inning, the right-hander breezed through five innings without allowing another runner.

The closest the Orioles came to a hit during that stretch was ground ball up the middle off the bat of Mike Devereaux leading off the fourth inning. But Lewis went behind second base to make the pickup and his throw beat Devereaux by a half-step.

Nagy took care of two other threats himself, spearing CaRipken's liner after Devereaux had been retired, and grabbing a sharp one-hopper and throwing out Sam Horn an inning later.

Nagy retired 15 in a row before Bill Ripken walked to lead off thsixth, but the next four Orioles went out routinely before the spell was broken.

With one out in the seventh, Davis hit a ground ball into the holbetween short and third. Lewis, who had been playing up the middle, caught up with the ball, but his high, off-balance throw had no chance, and Davis had an infield hit. Horn ended the inning by hitting into a double play.

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