Brewers 5, Orioles 0
Jun. 24, 1997
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Jeff D'Amico pitched a four-hitter for his first career complete game and the Milwaukee Brewers sent Jimmy Key to his second straight loss, beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-0 Monday night.
D'Amico (5-3) struck out six and walked none, needing only 106 pitches _ just 21 that were called for balls. It was the 30th start of his major league career.
Key (11-3) gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings with seven strikeouts and one walk. After surrendering no more than one earned run in 11 of his first 15 starts, Key gave up four earned runs in the first inning, three with two outs.
Jeromy Burnitz hit his 11th homer with one out for a 1-0 lead, and Gerald Williams hit an RBI double with two outs. Jack Voigt followed with a two-run double, his first of three hits against his former team.
Voigt went 3-for-3 off Key, including a comebacker that bounced off the pitcher's chest in the fourth.
Matt Mieske, who scored on Voigt's double, singled in his first at-bat since pulling his left hamstring on June 13. Mieske entered the game with a .384 average against Key (5-for-13).
Key settled down after the first inning, although he allowed back-to-back singles to Voigt and Jose Valentin in both the fourth and sixth innings. Voigt was thrown out on a failed first-and-third steal attempt ending the sixth.
Burnitz hit a shot so hard off first baseman Rafael Palmeiro's right shin in the seventh that it bounced into foul territory for a double. Jeff Cirillo added a sacrifice fly off Alan Mills.
Baltimore threatened in the fourth after second baseman Mark Loretta's double-error on B.J. Surhoff's two-out grounder. Loretta booted the ball, then threw it past first base, putting runners at second and third. But Jeffrey Hammonds hit an inning-ending grounder.
Palmeiro also committed a double-error in the eighth, flubbing a grounder by Voigt and allowing a runner to advance from first to third.
Notes: Voigt, called up from Triple-A Tucson on Friday, tied his career-high with three hits. ... The Brewers fired Tim Ireland, their manager at Triple-A Tucson of the Pacific Coast League, and replaced him with Toros hitting coach Bob Mariano. ... The game time temperature of 93 degrees was the hottest at County Stadium since July 14, 1995, when it was 99.