Oquist OK after liner to head

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

June 06, 1994|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Sun Staff Writer

If the sight and sound of Julio Franco's line drive smacking off Mike Oquist's head felt bad to those watching, imagine how it felt to him.

"That's the way I felt, too," said Oquist, who left the game after the shot just above his forehead.

Oquist said he had little time to react to Franco's drive, which careened into center field.

"I didn't see the ball until it got right up on me," said Oquist. "I flinched just enough to get out of the way of it hitting me solid."

Oquist was examined and pronounced fit. However, manager Johnny Oates said he probably would miss the team's flight to Kansas City.

Klingenbeck makes trip

With Ben McDonald scheduled to return to the starting rotation tomorrow night in Kansas City, one may wonder what will become of Scott Klingenbeck, who got his first major-league zTC win last Thursday against Detroit.

Klingenbeck will make the trip to Kansas City and will work out of the bullpen, as the Orioles will not need a fifth starter until June 14.

Partly sunny skies

The Orioles have won their last five day games, taking the final game in each of their past five series.

Back to back

Rafael Palmeiro and Harold Baines hit consecutive homers for the second time this season, in the fifth inning. They pulled the same feat April 6 against Kansas City's David Cone, tomorrow night's opponent.

They remain the only Orioles to homer back-to-back this season.

Baysox's Lukachyk OK

Robert Lukachyk, a first baseman-outfielder for the Bowie Baysox, the Orioles' Double-A affiliate, was released from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center early yesterday morning after suffering a neck injury while sliding during a game in College Park Saturday.

Lukachyk, 25, did not have any neurological damage, a Baysox spokesman said yesterday.

He is wearing a neck brace, and Baysox manager Pete Mackanin said he expects Lukachyk probably will be out seven to 10 days, though he still needs to be further examined.

Keeping Thomas in check

For the first time in six meetings, Orioles pitching restrained Chicago first baseman Frank Thomas. He went 1-for-4 yesterday and grounded into a double play.

Still, for the three-game set, Thomas went 5-for-10 with a homer and three walks, and for the six games, he is 10-for-19 off Orioles pitching with four homers, four RBIs (all the home runs have been with the bases empty) and seven walks for a .696 on-base percentage. His fourth-inning single yesterday extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Miscellaneous

Mark Eichhorn, who got the win, ran his consecutive scoreless innings string to 16 in 10 games, which matches a streak he had last season in Toronto. . . . Yesterday's crowd of 47,257 marked the 20th straight Camden Yards sellout and the 23rd in 28 dates. . . . The Orioles' wives collected 5.8 tons of food this weekend, which will be distributed by the Maryland Food Bank.

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