OAKLAND, Calif. -- Shortstop Cal Ripken had a tough time negotiating the infield at the Oakland Coliseum this week, making three errors in the final two games of the series against the Oakland Athletics.
Ripken had his first multiple-error game in more than a year Tuesday night, then bobbled a fourth-inning grounder by Mike Bordick in the series finale.
In the space of less than 24 hours, he committed as many errors as he did during the entire 1990 season. He nearly doubled his error total for the season, going from four to seven. If he continues at that rate, he would make 22 over the course of the season -- the most since he committed 26 in 1985.
"I guess they were plays that should have been made by a major-league player," manager Johnny Oates said, "but the first one was a ground ball that took a bad hop and the second was on a throw that some shortstops wouldn't even have tried."
The Orioles are on pace to commit 114 errors this year, which would break their major-league record string of four consecutive years with fewer than 100 errors.
Solid pitching performances that continue to earn only disappointing results are taking their toll on right-hander Ben McDonald, who allowed only one earned run in four innings Tuesday night, but still fell to 2-6 in the Orioles' 4-1 loss to Oakland.
Since a 12-5 win over Kansas City on April 30, he has made six starts and given up more than three earned runs in only one.
"That was pretty typical for the year so far," McDonald said of Tuesday's loss, "but I can't sit around feeling sorry for myself. I'm just going to have to pitch better."
Obando rehab assignment
Sherman Obando, who has been out for 10 days with a strained hamstring, will embark on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment tomorrow or Saturday.
Segui in review
Given the day off yesterday, first baseman David Segui had two more hits Tuesday night to raise his average to .284. He has eight multiple-hit games and appears to be getting comfortable in the starting lineup, but Oates is taking it in stride.
"That's the way he has always played," Oates said. "He's a very consistent player. He gets his hits and he makes the plays at first base."