Anderson, Devo pu hop at top in sweep of brewers

May 26, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer

MILWAUKEE -- Everything will be fine, the Orioles persisted in saying, as soon as slumping outfielders Brady Anderson and Mike Devereaux snapped out of it.

Anderson and Devereaux put that theory to the test during a three-game series at County Stadium, and sure enough,

everything was fine for the Orioles, winners of four in a row.

The Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday with a 6-3 victory that pushed the Brewers' losing streak to 14 games.

Left-hander Jamie Moyer (2-3, 5.97) ended a five-start winless drought, pitched a season-high eight plus innings, allowed six hits and three earned runs in a 134-pitch start.

Lee Smith struck out pinch hitter Dave Nilsson and and No. 3 hitter Greg Vaughn with the bases loaded to earn his 19th save in 20 opportunities.

Leo Gomez continued his hot streak with a two-run double, and Jack Voigt, Harold Baines, Mark McLemore and Rafael Palmeiro drove in runs as well in a game the Orioles led 6-0 in the middle of the second inning.

In a big-picture sense, all of those contributions paled in (P comparison to those of Anderson and Devereaux, who combined to reach base 14 times in the three games against the Brewers.

The Orioles, who had scored 20 runs during a recent 1-7 stretch, scored 24 in the three games at Milwaukee.

"Brady's hitting the ball well and so is Devo," Palmeiro said. "That's the way we were hitting in spring training, so there is no reason we can't do that now. We're going to be fine. We're going to swing the bats good."

Anderson singled and scored in each of his first two trips to the plate, and Devereaux, batting second, contributed a pair of singles and scored a run. They combined to strike out twice in the three-game series.

Anderson has an eight-game hitting streak during which time he has driven his batting average from .206 to .234. Devereaux has at least one hit in each game during the Orioles' four-game winning streak.

Anderson, admittedly not the world's greatest interview when the topic is his hitting, acknowledged he had been thinking too much about his slump.

"Getting yourself to relax is not as easy as it sounds," Anderson said. "When you are swinging bad, sometimes you try harder, and it doesn't help."

Anderson started the Orioles' five-run first inning by taking what the pitcher gave him, hitting an outside pitch to left field for a single.

The Orioles batted around in the first against right-hander Mike Ignasiak (1-1, 5.79).

"It's not just his hits," Orioles manager Johnny Oates said. "He's hitting the ball hard every time up, and he's using the whole field."

Milwaukee first baseman John Jaha used both fields to show off his power yesterday. He led off the fourth with his sixth home run and led off the ninth with his seventh, both off of Moyer.

Jaha's second home run trimmed the Orioles' lead to four runs and Oates summoned his bullpen.

Mark Williamson struck out Jody Reed, walked Matt Mieske and was pulled in favor of Jim Poole, who surrendered a single to pinch hitter Tom Brunansky.

At that point, Oates went to Smith.

Turner Ward, who could have tied the game with a home run, took a softer approach, pushing a bunt fielded by Palmeiro. Ward just beat a diving Palmeiro to the bag for a single that loaded the bases.

Smith struck out a swinging Nilsson with a fastball and took handshakes after painting the outside corner with a fastball to Vaughn, who left the bat on his shoulder.

The Brewers' futility streak reached 14 without a swing as Smith's ERA was shaved to 0.98.

"Right now, I think when we get out of this thing, it's going to be by coming back with a big blow to win a ballgame, coming through in an impossible situation," Milwaukee manager Phil Garner said. "Even though it was Lee Smith on the mound and he's having a great year, I had a feeling something was going to happen there. I was poised for something to happen. Nilsson's one of our best hitters and Vaughn can bust it out of the ballpark. I really thought something was going to happen."

Nothing did, and the Orioles took advantage of a lightweight. They have swept two-game series from Kansas City, California and Oakland twice, and swept three games from Toronto.

One of the American League's heavyweights awaits, however. The Orioles are idle today before opening a three-game series tomorrow against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park.

SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES

How Brady Anderson and Mike Devereaux fared in the Orioles' three-game sweep of the Brewers:

Anderson .. AB .. R .. H ..RBI ..BB

Monday .. .. 5 .. 1 .. 2 .. 0 .. 0

Tuesday . .. 5 .. 1 .. 2 .. 0 .. 0

Yesterday .. 5 .. 2 .. 2 .. 0 .. 0

Devereaux . AB .. R .. H . RBI . BB

Monday .. .. 3 .. 0 .. 2 .. 0 .. 1

Tuesday . .. 4 .. 2 .. 1 .. 0 .. 2

Yesterday .. 5 .. 1 .. 2 .. 0 .. 0

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