McLemore, Parent prove winning emotional mix Orioles heroes show marked difference

August 09, 1993|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

Mark Parent and Mark McLemore couldn't have had more different emotions when they took center stage in yesterday's 7-6 Orioles win over Cleveland in 11 innings at Camden Yards.

Parent hit a three-run homer into the center-field bleachers in the eighth to give the Orioles a 6-5 lead.

The soft-spoken catcher had to be coaxed out of the dugout for a curtain call. Even then, Parent's acknowledgment of the throng of 46,336 was a short wave from the middle step.

"The only thing that was going through my mind was how much I appreciated Johnny [Oates] giving me the chance to hit in that situation," said Parent. "Everybody in the stands wanted him to pinch hit for me."

Meanwhile, McLemore couldn't have been more animated after capping a great day by scoring the winning run in the 11th, just beating Cleveland right fielder Wayne Kirby's throw on Mike Devereaux's sacrifice fly.

McLemore also made important defensive contributions at second base and right field. First, he robbed Albert Belle of a home run in the first with a leaping catch in right-center field.

Then, in the ninth, while playing second and with the bases loaded and one out, McLemore gobbled up a grounder by Kirby and threw home, forcing Jeff Treadway, the potential go-ahead run.

McLemore punctuated the 11th-inning score by bouncing up from the slide and shaking his fist vigorously.

"When I'm out on the field, I try to push the action all the time," said McLemore, who went 3-for-6 to push his average to .310, one point higher than David Segui and Harold Baines among regulars.

McLemore's two doubles and his first-inning homer gave him 40 multihit games, also a club-high. He has seven hits in his past 10 at-bats and is hitting .419 during the seven-game winning streak.

His final double yesterday, a smash off the right-center-field wall in the 11th, set up the winning run. McLemore moved to third on a wild pitch before the sacrifice fly.

"The game was getting kind of long. We needed an extra-base hit or a home run. That's what I wanted to do," he said.

McLemore, who was released by the Orioles after last season and re-signed for $330,000, has been a huge part of the club's turnaround.

"He must be seeing the ball really well," said Oates. "He's getting good passes at the ball. He plays with a lot of enthusiasm, and it's just a pleasure to see him walk through here every afternoon."

McLemore said: "I'd like to think that I've had a big part in this, but when you look across this clubhouse, you see that everybody's been a part of this. Everybody's done something. Everybody's going to continue to do something. That's what a team's all about."

Enter Parent into the mix. The 31-year-old catcher was called up from Rochester when Chris Hoiles was hurt last Monday.

Parent went 2-for-5 in Friday night's 8-1 win over Cleveland, but was, by his own admission, a most unlikely hero yesterday.

"It [the homer] was a blast. It's pretty cool," said Parent. "I felt like it was my time to contribute."

It was quietly satisfying after a wild pitch in the top of the eighth allowed Belle to score all the way from second.

The pitch from Mark Williamson bounced at the plate and went straight up in the air. Parent, who has a reputation as a good defensive catcher, couldn't immediately find the ball and Belle never broke stride, sliding in with what appeared to be an insurance run to give Cleveland a 5-2 lead.

Parent, who nearly retired after failing to catch on with the major-league club in spring training, was booed as he left the field and as he came to the plate.

"They boo Cal [Ripken] sometimes. Jack Clark once told me that when they boo you, it just means they know who you are," said Parent. "I just hope they weren't thinking that I wasn't hustling 120 percent. That's the type of play where you either find it right away or you don't. It's not like I was turned around with my eyes closed."

Said Oates: "I think it was fitting that after some of the fans were getting on him pretty good that he got the homer. Those things happen. I don't think there was any need for redemption, but he did it."

GET OUT THE BROOMS

Yesterday, the Orioles completed their second consecutive series sweep in running their winning streak to seven games. The streak has included six comeback victories:

Day .. .. ..Opp. .. .Score .. .Deficit .. .. .. ..How they won

Mon. .. .. .Mil. .. ..7-5 .. ..5-3 in 6th .. .3-run rally in 7th

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .included go-ahead RBI by Tackett Tue... .. ..Mil. .. .13-8 .. ..4-0 in 1st .. .3-run rally in 2nd,

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...4-run rallies in 6th, 7th

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .included 3-run HR by Hulett

Wed. .. .. .Mil. .. ..8-6 .. ..1-0 in 1st .. .. ..3-run rally in 1st,

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...4-run rally in 5th

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..included 2 RBI each by

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. McLemore, Reynolds

Thu. .. .. .Mil. .. ..3-1 .. ..1-0 in 1st .. .. .. .Go-ahead RBI by

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... Devereaux in 5th,

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .8-hitter by McDonald

Fri. .. .. .Cle. .. ..8-1 .. .. ...None .. .. .. ...2 RBI by Ripken,

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .8-hitter by Sutcliffe

Sat. .. .. .Cle. .. ..8-6 .. ...1-0 in 1st .. .. ...5-run rally in 3rd

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..included 2-run 1B

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .by McLemore, 3-run

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..HR by Ripken

Sun. .. .. .Cle. .. ..7-6 .. .. 5-2 in 8th .. .. .. .4-run rally in 8th

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...included 3-run HR

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..by Parent; winning SF

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. by Devereaux in 11th

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