Lefferts has nothing to show for efforts A good start ends with a bad scene

Orioles notebook

September 21, 1992|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

MILWAUKEE -- Left-hander Craig Lefferts looked like he was going to get the monkey off his back. He was working on a two-hit shutout when the Orioles fell apart in the sixth inning of yesterday's 9-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Lefferts was 0-2 in his two starts after the Aug. 31 trade that was supposed to solidify the Orioles starting rotation, but he seemed be in perfect position to record his first American League victory until the Brewers overcame a three-run deficit with an eight-run inning.

"I felt good," Lefferts said. "I had good stuff and pretty good location, but it just wasn't meant to be. I had control of all my pitches, and I had a good game plan. I had seen them in Baltimore, and I had a pretty good idea of how they were going to approach me."

He carried a no-hit bid into the fourth inning, retiring 11 of 12 batters before Robin Yount delivered the first Brewers hit with two outs in the fourth.

Lefferts left with a three-run lead after giving up hits to the first two batters in the sixth.

The rest was hysteria. The Orioles fell victim to a couple of creative base-running plays. The bullpen gave up six more hits in the sixth inning. Lefferts was left with a no-decision and still nothing to show for his three weeks on the Baltimore roster.

"There's always tomorrow," he said. "We'll start over tomorrow and try to play well from here. You have to keep looking forward."

A little bit at a time

Glenn Davis pulled a two-run single down the left-field line in the fifth inning and turned it into the biggest inning by the Orioles in 16 days. The Orioles scored three times in an inning for the first time since Sept. 4, breaking a string of 125 innings in which they had scored two or fewer runs.

During that span, the club scored two runs four times.

It was Davis' first multi-RBI hit since Sept. 4, and he is not the only Orioles hitter who has been more than two weeks between big swings. Brady Anderson hasn't had a two-run hit since Sept. 4. Mike Devereaux hasn't had one since Sept. 1. Bill Ripken hasn't had one since Aug. 31. Randy Milligan hasn't had one since Aug. 29. And Leo Gomez has been waiting since Aug. 19.

Give me the night

The Orioles can't seem to make hay when the sun shines. The loss yesterday dropped their record in day games to 18-29 (.383). The team is 63-38 at night (.624). If anyone was wondering (and doesn't have a handy pocket schedule), there are three day games remaining on their schedule.

Double double

Milwaukee Brewers designated hitter Paul Molitor tied a major-league record (held by many) when he doubled twice in the same inning. His first double knocked Lefferts out of the game and his second drove home the final run of the eight-run sixth inning.

Second baseman Kevin Seitzer also had two hits in the inning, both of them singles.

The last time the Orioles had two players get two hits in an inning was July 8, 1990, when Greg Brock, Darryl Hamilton, Bill Spiers and Gary Sheffield had two hits in the same inning.

Miscellaneous

It was the fourth eight-run inning against the Orioles this season. The Brewers had scored eight runs in an inning one other time this year. . . . The Brewers have stolen 21 bases in 28 attempts against the Orioles this year. . . . Anderson, who came into the game in a 3-for-33 slump, had two hits in three at-bats. . . . Cal Ripken also had a multiple-hit game, his fourth in the last six games.

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