Hulett, Segui get on hit parade Third baseman hits first homer

August 04, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

They are not exactly members of the Orioles' power bloc, veterans Tim Hulett and David Segui.

But on a night when everybody in the lineup inflicted his share of damage on Milwaukee Brewers pitching during a 13-8 victory, their efforts were particularly eye-catching.

Hulett, considered the ideal role player, continued to sparkle as a regular at third base, hitting a three-run homer at a crucial moment.

And Segui was a perfect 3-for-3 with two walks and scored four runs to equal an often-accomplished club record. He finished the game on base for the fifth time, and one more hit would have enabled him to break the record.

Both agreed that the timing of Hulett's first homer this season couldn't have been more propitious.

The Brewers had just scored four runs in the top of the second inning and were threatening to run away.

"Timing was everything on that one," said Hulett, whose last homer was last Sept. 29. "When it happens, you're right back into game."

"It made it a one-run game again," Segui said. "We knew we were right there again. If we don't score, that inning might have taken the air out of us."

Hulett also walked and scored during the four-run, sixth-inning walk-a-thon (Brewers pitchers walked four straight men) that turned the game around. He also had a single in the 15-hit Orioles outburst.

"I haven't been swinging the bat very well with guys in scoring position," he said. "I was hitting defensively, so I wanted to get some good swings tonight."

Hulett has started 16 of the last 17 Orioles games because of the injury that put Leo Gomez on the disabled list and a brief experiment with Mark McLemore at third that didn't work out.

"Physically, I've done the job, but I'm not real sure that I feel I can be tough enough mentally every day," he said. "You get fatigued mentally going every day. I'm trying not to get lazy and give away at-bats."

Segui singled three times and is now 8-for-18 on the current homestand.

"It seemed like I was getting the breaks in this game," he said. "But I'm tired from running around the bases. I can't remember doing it as much."

He underwent one slump when Segui said he "got into some bad habits mechanically. A lot of the trouble was pitch selection."

For the second straight night, the bottom of the order left some wreckage.

No. 9 hitter Jeff Tackett did not have a hit, but he walked with the bases loaded to give the Orioles a 6-5 lead and they never trailed afterward.

"That was a great at-bat for Tack," said Segui. "Sometimes, getting a walk is even harder than getting a hit."

It was easy for Segui to stroll across the plate on that one en route to the first four-run game by an Oriole since Brady Anderson did it last June 23.

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