Blue Jays 4, Indians 1
Aug. 17, 1993
CLEVELAND (AP) _ Bob Ojeda turned the page on a tragic year Monday night when he returned to the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation in a disappointing but gutsy 4-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Five months after he was seriously injured in the Florida boating accident that killed two teammates, Ojeda fulfilled a promise he had made to himself in June, when he said: ''I need to get up. I need to go forward. I need to turn the page.''
Almost predictably, the first inning was a struggle. After waving to the crowd to acknowledge a standing ovation, Ojeda (0-1) allowed a leadoff single to Devon White and consecutive home runs by Roberto Alomar and Paul Molitor.
But then, the 35-year-old left-hander's pitching instincts kicked in, and he mixed speeds on breaking balls to hold the Blue Jays scoreless through the balance of his five innings.
He gave up seven hits, struck out one and walked none, leaving after the fifth because manager Mike Hargrove had him on a pitch limit. Of his 86 pitches, 53 were strikes.
Ojeda had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder April 27 for an injury unrelated to the accident. He returned to the Indians' roster Aug. 7 and made two relief appearances - at Baltimore and Milwaukee - before Hargrove gave him the start Monday.
Watching from the stands were Ojeda's wife, Ellen, and Patti Olin, whose husband, Steve, was killed with Tim Crews in the March 22 accident on Little Lake Nellie. Crews and Olin, both relief pitchers, died when the boat Crews was piloting hit a dock in early-evening darkness. Ojeda's scalp was torn off and had to be replaced surgically.
There were scattered boos when the fans realized Ojeda had not come out for the sixth inning. Reliever Bill Wertz then gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, John Olerud's 21st home run this season.
Ojeda's return overshadowed a strong performance by the Blue Jays' Juan Guzman, who allowed six hits in seven innings. Toronto won its third straight and a took a half-game lead in the AL East over New York, which was rained out.
Guzman (9-3) struck out seven and walked none - his first walkless game of the season - and didn't allow a run until Sandy Alomar's two-out, RBI single in the seventh. Guzman set up the unearned run by missing Paul Sorrento's leadoff grounder to the mound.
Tony Castillo pitched a scoreless eighth, and Duane Ward finished for his 32nd save. Notes:. Ojeda is the 14th starting pitcher the Indians have used this season He has more career victories (113) than the rest of the Indians' staff combined (110). ... Cleveland left-hander Cliff Young is expected to make a full recovery from arthroscopic surgery performed Friday on his left elbow. Dr Louis Keppler performed the operation to remove a bone spur and reposition the ulnar nerve. ... The Blue Jays, winners of five of eight games with the Indians this year, have not lost a season series to Cleveland since 1982. ... Toronto had lost its previous three games against left-handed starters. ... Rickey Henderson missed his third straight game since being afflicted by frostbite on his left foot following the application of an ice pack. ... The back-to-back home runs were Toronto's first since White and Alomar did it June 18 against Boston