Ogea's show not pretty, but it wins for Indians Beaten twice by Orioles, pitcher frustrates Marlins to get Cleveland even

October 20, 1997|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

MIAMI -- The Orioles may not be in the World Series this year, but they can claim supremacy over the Florida Marlins in one department: They know how to beat Chad Ogea.

They did it twice in the American League Championship Series, their only victories against Cleveland. Taking note of this, the Marlins threw some heavy punches at Ogea in Game 2 last night, and caught mostly air.

Amateurs.

Ogea gave the Indians 6 2/3 gritty innings and momentum, routinely escaping trouble in a 6-1 victory before 67,025 at Pro Player Stadium. It wasn't pretty, but Ogea didn't worry about sprucing up his performance. The end result was all that counted.

He allowed seven hits, walked a batter and drilled another. The Marlins had at least one runner on base against him in every inning except the second.

Nothing but idle threats.

"There were guys all over the bases," said Ogea, who went with more off-speed pitches after the third inning to avoid falling into a pattern.

"The biggest thing is to relax and throw the ball where you want it and be patient."

All the damage against Ogea came in the first inning. Edgar Renteria singled and Gary Sheffield took a fastball off his left wrist, the bat dropping from his hands as he leaped in the air and the crowd booed.

One out later, Jeff Conine lined Ogea's first pitch up the middle, second baseman Bip Roberts waving a glove at the ball as it sailed into center field. Renteria scored, and a 1-0 lead was history.

Ogea then set about making some of his own. Appearing in his first World Series and getting run support for the first time in six career playoff appearances, Ogea kept the Marlins on a long leash, making sure it didn't reach home plate.

Renteria doubled with one out in the third and Sheffield walked, but Ogea retired Bobby Bonilla and Conine on fly balls. Moises Alou led off the fourth with a double, but was cut down at third by catcher Sandy Alomar on a swinging bunt by Johnson.

Devon White opened the fifth with a single to right, but Renteria struck out and Sheffield grounded into a double play. Alou doubled with two outs in the sixth, and stayed put. And White doubled to right with two outs in the seventh, on Ogea's 95th pitch. Manager Mike Hargrove went to his hot bullpen, and Mike Jackson cooled the rally by getting Renteria on a fly to right.

Soon, Ogea had the victory and better reason to forget about the grand slam he served up to New York's Paul O'Neill in Game 3 of the Division Series, the home runs he allowed to the Orioles' Brady Anderson and Roberto Alomar in Game 1 of the ALCS, and his failure to close out the series in Game 5.

"That's water under the bridge," said Ogea, who is scheduled to pitch again Saturday in Florida, if necessary. "It's a good thing I won tonight because that erased it."

Ogea gets his due

Chad Ogea, the Indians' winner last night in Game 2 of the World Series, took both Cleveland losses in the American League Championship Series, but didn't pitch that badly with a 3.21 ERA against the Orioles, falling victim to Scott Erickson and Scott Kamieniecki. A look:

Game ... Result .. IP ... H .. ER

ALCS 1 .. L 3-0 ... 6 ... 6 ... 3

ALCS 5 .. L 4-2 ... 8 ... 6 ... 2

Tot. .... 0-2 .... 14 .. 12 ... 5

Pub Date: 10/20/97

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