Injured on Sunday, Orsulak misses out on Candiotti
TORONTO -- Baltimore Orioles outfielder Joe Orsulak had to be scratched from yesterday's starting lineup with a jammed shoulder, suffered when he attempted to make a diving catch in Sunday's game against the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome.
Orsulak was attempting to cut off a second-inning line drive off the bat of Twins catcher Brian Harper, but he came up empty and paid a heavy price for his effort.
Harper ended up at second with a double and scored the first run in the Twins' 14-3 victory. Orsulak remained in the game, but woke up sore yesterday and was replaced in the starting lineup by Brady Anderson. Orsulak is not expected to play tonight, either.
It didn't look like an even swap going in. Orsulak has 10 hits in 20 career at-bats against Toronto Blue Jays starter Tom Candiotti, his .500 average easily the best on the team. Anderson was hitless in three at-bats against the knuckleballer, but delivered an RBI single in the Orioles' three-run second inning and added a hit in the fourth. He also singled off reliever Jim Acker on the way to his second three-hit performance of the year.
Johnson's last start?
Dave Johnson might have made his final start of 1991 yesterday, but manager John Oates said that no decision on his status has been made.
If all goes well, right-hander Jose Mesa will come off the disabled list to start Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals, which would leave Johnson as the odd man out despite a decent five-inning performance.
"I can't worry about that," Johnson said. "It's been a horrendous year, so I'd like to find a way to wrap it up on a positive note. But I don't know what they're going to do."
First baseman Glenn Davis failed to get the ball out of the infield and left six men on base in an 0-for-5 performance that dropped his average to .195. He's batting .152 since returning from the disabled list Aug. 19.
"He's jumping at everything," Oates said. "They haven't thrown him a fastball in the strike zone in six games. Hopefully, he'll get some at-bats and do what they allow him to do. But it looks like he's really pressing at the plate, trying to hit the ball hard every at-bat."
Davis has just one hit in his past 18 at-bats, a single Saturday night.
Gomez hits 13th
Third baseman Leo Gomez hit a towering, bases-empty home run off Candiotti in the second inning. He leads American League rookies in home runs with 13.
Gomez, who came in batting just .181 over his previous 20 games, had three hits in all. Despite the recent slump, he has seven homers in his past 17 games.
Frohwirth goes four
Right-hander Todd Frohwirth pitched four innings in relief of Johnson and gave up three runs on three hits, allowing the Blue Jays back into the game.
It was only the fourth time in 41 games that he has been charged with more than one run. He has held the opposition scoreless in 32 of 41 appearances.
Hoiles has a first
When catcher Chris Hoiles threw the ball into center field on Mookie Wilson's stolen-base attempt in the 10th inning, it was his first error in 88 major-league games.
Blue Jays SS Manuel Lee left the game in the fourth inning after complaining of dizziness and blurred vision. He was replaced in the lineup by Eddie Zosky, who made his major-league debut and singled in his first at-bat. . . . Chito Martinez has struck out in his past 4 at-bats. . . . The Blue Jays clinched the season series with their seventh victory in 11 games against the Orioles. . . . The Orioles made 2 errors in the game. It was only the 16th time in 131 games that the club has committed 2 or more, and the Orioles have lost 14 of those games.