Moyer makes pitch for winless factor

June 30, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

The Orioles seem to be playing a cruel joke on Jamie Moyer.

He is winless in his past six starts, but the Orioles have won three of the past four games he started. In the three victories, the Orioles have scored 13 runs after Moyer left the game.

Moyer is 2-5 overall, but the Orioles are 4-4 in his no-decisions.

In his last start on Saturday, Moyer left after one batter in the seventh with the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays tied, 1-1. He allowed just one run and seven base runners in seven-plus innings.

The Orioles then scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth for the 4-3 victory, but Moyer got the no-decision.

In his past six starts since his last win on May 25, Moyer has pitched into the seventh inning four times. The left-hander has a 2.30 ERA and allowed 25 hits in those four starts.

But the other two starts keep his ERA at 5.56, highest among Orioles starters.

Moyer allowed six runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings against Milwaukee on June 20. His other breakdown came 10 days earlier when he gave up eight runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings at Boston.

Moyer had looked toward this month to turn around his season like last year. After losing his first three decisions last season, Moyer was 3-0 with a 3.58 ERA in June. That month jump-started him to a career-high-tying 12 wins.

Moyer has yet to win back-to-back starts.

Moyer will face Mark Clark, who is 8-2 with a 4.02 ERA. He is 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in his past three starts.

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