Season-series recap

October 08, 1997

Series: Orioles, 6-5

At Camden Yards: Orioles, 4-2

At Jacobs Field: Indians, 3-2

Game 1: Indians, 6-1

Date/site: May 23/Cleveland

Highlights: Jimmy Key turns in his first ineffective outing of the year, lasting only 4 1/3 innings. While the Indians hammered 12 hits, breaking ball specialist Chad Ogea (5-3) contained the Orioles on two. Rafael Palmeiro's 10-game hitting streak ended.

Orioles 010 000 000 -- 1 2 1

Cleveland 023 001 00x -- 6 12 1

Key, Boskie (5) and Hoiles; Ogea and Alomar. WP: Ogea (5-3). LP: Key (8-1). 2B: O--Anderson (8); C--Justice (11).

Game 2: Orioles, 8-3

Date/site: May 24/Cleveland

Highlights: Ending the Indians' six-game winning streak while maintaining a 6 1/2 -game lead in the American League East, the Orioles got 15 hits against five pitchers.

Orioles 301 103 000 -- 8 15 0

Cleveland 002 001 000 -- 3 9 1

Mussina, Orosco (8), Benitez (9) and Hoiles; Kline, Mesa (3), Assenmacher (6), Plunk (6), Shuey (9) and Borders. WP: Mussina (6-1). LP: Kline (3-1). 2B: O--Ripken (9), Hammonds (4), Bordick (6); C--Grissom 2 (5), Justice (12), Vizquel (4). HR: O--Palmeiro (8).

Game 3: Indians, 7-6

Date/site: May 25/Cleveland

Highlights: Ineffective relief pitching by Arthur Rhodes and Terry Mathews was the Orioles' undoing. Mathews threw 29 pitches, 18 of them balls and one a run-scoring wild pitch. He walked four straight hitters and had to be rescued after facing five batters. The Orioles scored twice in the ninth, but the game ended when Eric Davis and Rafael Palmeiro failed to come through with the bases loaded.

Orioles 002 011 002 -- 6 9 1

Cleveland 111 013 000x -- 7 12 1

M.Johnson, Rhodes (4), Mathews (6), B.Williams (6) and Webster; Nagy, Shuey (8), Jackson (9), Morman (9) and Alomar. WP: Nag (6-2). LP: Rhodes (2-2). Sv: Morman (2). 2B: O--Anderson (9); C--Franco (6), Ramirez (9). HR: O--Palmeiro (9), Surhoff (6); C--Justice (14), Alomar (10).

Game 4: Orioles, 3-0

Date/site: May 30/Camden Yards

Highlights: Mike Mussina retired the first 25 Indians batters, but Sandy Alomar broke up the bid for a perfect game with a solid hit to left, deflating the sellout crowd of 47,759 but hardly diminishing a one-hit performance.

Cleveland 000 000 000 -- 0 1 2

Orioles 101 001 000x -- 3 9 0

Nagy, Assenmacher (8) and Alomar; Mussina and Hoiles. WP: Mussina (7-1). LP: Nagy (6-3). 2B: O--Anderson (11).

Game 5: Orioles, 8-5

Date/site: May 31/Camden Yards

Highlights: The Orioles overcame a 4-0 deficit in the first inning for their 11th win in 13 games. Cal Ripken, who made two errors in the ninth, hit the game-winning homer in the seventh off Jose Mesa. In the ninth, Randy Myers gave up a two-out single to pinch hitter Sandy Alomar to load the bases but struck out Matt Williams to record his league-leading 17th save.

Cleveland 400 100 000 -- 5 10 0

Orioles 012 101 30x -- 8 13 3

Hershiser, Mesa (6), Shuey (7), Morman (8) and Borders; M.Johnson, Boskie (4), Orosco (8), Benitez (8), Myers (9) and Webster. WP: Boskie (3-2). LP: Mesa (0-3). Sv: Myers (17). 2B: C--Williams (14), Vizquel (6); O--Alomar (3). HR: C--Borders (3), Ramirez (8), Justice (16); O--Hammonds (5), Ripken (9), Bordick (2), Tarasco (2).

Game 6: Indians, 2-1

Date/site: Sept. 8/Cleveland

Highlights: In what manager Davey Johnson considered one of his best starts of the season, Kamieniecki watched a 1-0 lead disappear when right fielder Geronimo Berroa misplayed a fly ball. Harold Baines extended the Orioles' home run streak to 16 games.

Orioles 010 000 000 -- 1 6 0

Cleveland 000 001 10x -- 2 10 0

Kamieniecki, Mills (7), Orosco (7), Mathews (8) and Hoiles; Hershiser, Assenmacher (7), Jackson (8), Morman (8), Mesa (9) and Borders. WP: Assenmacher (5-0). LP: Mills (2-2). Sv: Mesa (13). 2B: C--Ramirez (34), Thome (23), Fernandez (20), Borders (6). HR: O--Baines.

Game 7: Orioles, 9-3

Date/site: Sept. 9/Cleveland

Highlights: Rick Krivda kept the game under control until the Orioles broke out for a six-run sixth inning to win a rain-shortened getaway-day game that left them with only six regular-season road games. Geronimo Berroa and Brady Anderson extended the Orioles' home run streak to 17 games. They have scored six runs or more in four of Krivda's seven starts.

Orioles 001 006 02 -- 9 13 1

Cleveland 110 100 00 -- 3 8 0

Krivda, Benitez (7) and Webster; Ogea, Lopez (6), Jacome (6), Plunk (8) and Alomar, Borders. WP: Krivda (4-0). LP: Ogea (6-9). 2B: O--Ledesma (4), Berroa (21), Ripken (28), Baines (23); C--Grissom (23). HR: O--Anderson (17), Berroa (25).

Game 8: Orioles, 6-5

Date/site: Sept. 15 (DH)/Camden Yards

Highlights: In the same game during which Eric Davis made his emotional return after colon-cancer surgery, the Orioles clinched a return to the postseason. Jeffrey Hammonds hit a 460-foot, game-winning, two-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning. It was the second-longest home run in Camden Yards history, surpassed only by the 463-foot shot from Oakland's Pedro Munoz in 1996.

Cleveland 001 030 100 -- 5 8 1

Orioles 220 000 20x -- 6 6 0

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