Oriole weekend set figures to be dandy

April 29, 1994|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer

Riding a season-best four-game winning streak, the Orioles reach the midpoint of their three-city West Coast trip this weekend, with three interesting pitching matchups on tap.

Tonight's opening game of a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners features a left-handed rematch between Jamie Moyer and Greg Hibbard that will be missing a key participant. When these two hooked up last Sunday at Camden Yards, neither starter figured in the decision as the Mariners rubbed out a 6-1 deficit en route to an 8-6 win.

That's the game that featured a three-run, eighth-inning home run by Ken Griffey Jr. that temporarily interrupted Brad Pennington's big-league career. The left-handed reliever was sent to Triple-A Rochester the next day.

The most intriguing duel figures to take place in the second game of the series tomorrow night, when Mike Mussina meets Randy Johnson, the left-hander the Orioles hate to face, but usually beat.

With the exception of Chris Hoiles (4-for-10, .400 with a home run), none of the Orioles have had much success hitting against Johnson. But the 6-foot-10 left-hander's faulty control has restricted him to only one win in five career decisions against the Orioles.

Mussina has a 2-0 record against the Mariners, the most recent win coming in the game that produced the infamous brawl between the clubs last June 6.

Mussina's mound opponent in that game was Chris Bosio, who has a 7-4 career record against the Orioles and is scheduled to face Arthur Rhodes Sunday afternoon.

This series will mark the first appearance for Mussina against the Mariners since the fight-marred game.

Following the series against the Mariners, the Orioles will have Monday off.

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