Busy day leaves Hoiles sore but not benched Catcher hit twice, throws out pair

Orioles notebook

April 12, 1993|By Jim Henneman and Peter Schmuck | Jim Henneman and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writers

SEATTLE -- Orioles catcher Chris Hoiles came away from yesterday's 7-6, 12-inning, loss to the Seattle Mariners a little battered. But not enough to keep him out of the series against the Rangers that opens tonight in Texas.

"A little stiff," Hoiles said when asked how he felt after his busiest game of the year. He was twice hit by pitches, hit his first home run of the year and threw out two of three runners who tried to steal before leaving the game for a pinch runner in the 12th inning.

Hoiles was hit just below, and behind, the left knee by a Randy Johnson pitch in the second inning. On his next at-bat, he drove a Johnson pitch over 400 feet into the left-center-field seats.

In the 12th inning, reliever Dave Wainhouse hit Hoiles behind the left shoulder and he left the game in favor of pinch runner Sherman Obando, with Jeff Tackett catching the last inning.

"He just got hit by a pitch," said manager Johnny Oates. "He'll be a little sore, but he's OK."

Hoiles reached base five times yesterday, and in his past three games has reached safely 10 times in 16 plate appearances. In addition, in his first four games of the season, he has thrown out six of nine runners trying to steal. Last year Hoiles threw out only 15 the entire season.

Power drought over

A total of 181 hitters went to home plate in four-plus games before the Orioles got their first home run of the year. Mike Devereaux hit a two-run shot into the right-field seats off Johnson in the fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie -- and three batters later, Hoiles also went deep.

Brady Anderson contributed a third home run, leading off the ninth with a bases-empty shot that broke a 5-5 tie.

With the Orioles' hitting three home runs, the Florida Marlins and Boston Red Sox are the only major-league teams that have not hit a home run.

Obando OK

Right fielder Obando was removed from his major-league debut Saturday night after his first at-bat because of leg cramps but was back to normal enough to pinch run yesterday.

Oates was asked if he was tempted to start Obando yesterday to make up for the playing time he missed, but he said the thought never crossed his mind.

"No, then I would be disappointing Luis [Mercedes], who was told that he was going to start," Oates said.


Lou Piniella was more than satisfied with his first home stand as Mariners manager. "That was fun," he said after yesterday's win.

"We were real happy with this week of baseball," said Piniella. "We went 3-2 against two pretty good teams [Blue Jays and Orioles]. That has to be a confidence-builder for our young kids."

Wild Kingdome

Orioles pitchers Ben McDonald and Rick Sutcliffe each walked seven batters in their starts against the Mariners. McDonald set a career high Friday night. Sutcliffe came within one walk of equaling his career high. He has walked eight in a game twice, most recently in 1982.


The Orioles' Fernando Valenzuela will attend a news conference today in anticipation of his first major-league start since 1991 tomorrow. He'll take questions in English and Spanish, making it possible for the Orioles to beam the broadcast to media in Latin America. . . . When Seattle's Omar Visquel was given an intentional walk in the eighth inning yesterday, it was his first in 1,748 plate appearances. . . . Lee Tinsley (ninth-inning single off Gregg Olson) and Fernando Vina (12th-inning double off Mark Williamson) got their first major-league hits for the Mariners.

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