McDonald following lead from Mussina

June 22, 1994|By Lori Van Lonkhuyzen | Lori Van Lonkhuyzen,Sun Staff Writer

Ben McDonald will try to follow Mike Mussina's lead tonight and give the Orioles a jump-start over the Milwaukee Brewers in the finale of their three-game series at Camden Yards.

McDonald (10-4) also will be trying to follow in the footsteps of another ace pitcher who worked last night, New York's Jimmy Key, who won his league-leading 11th game with a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

And although McDonald's career track record against the Brewers is not so good (3-6), he's 1-0 this season against them and he's on a roll in general. A win from McDonald would definitely be a boost as the Orioles brace for a seven-game road trip to Toronto and Cleveland after a day off tomorrow.

A month ago at Milwaukee, McDonald won his eighth game on 6 2/3 innings of eight-hit, three-run (two earned) pitching and the Orioles came away 5-3 winners. McDonald has gone 2-2 since then, but has won both of his starts since he missed a start with a strained groin muscle.

His opponent, right-hander Cal Eldred (7-7, 4.39) has a 4-1 lifetime record against the Orioles.

Lucky for McDonald, one of the Brewers who has hit him best is on the disabled list. Pat Listach has four hits in 11 at-bats against McDonald for a .364 average. But McDonald will see his share of hitters that have done well against him and are healthy.

Dave Nilsson has the same numbers as Listach (4-for-11, .364) but he also has a home run and two RBIs off McDonald. Dave Valle has five hits in 12 at-bats (.417).

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