Hits and misses

April 03, 1997|By Joe Strauss

Hits

On the day he signed a two-year, $15.1 million contract, third baseman Cal Ripken homered and doubled twice to accompany a diving stop at his new position. Ripken's homer was his fourth on Opening Day and immediately followed his larceny against Jeff King to end the fourth inning.

Brady Anderson answered any question about his fitness to play by singling three times and scoring the winning run on Eric Davis' sixth-inning double. Anderson, who ditched a modified flak jacket, slid into first base for one of his hits. He did so feetfirst.

Orioles starter Jimmy Key bumped his Opening Day record to 7-0 with six seamless innings. Key allowed four hits and one walk, striking out four and allowing two unearned runs. Key faced only 24 hitters, retiring 13 of the first 14 he faced. He also started an inning-ending double play in the fifth.

and misses

The Orioles didn't distinguish themselves in scoring situations. They were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position until Davis scored Anderson with his two-out double in the sixth.

Shortstop Mike Bordick suffered a tough day. Batting second, he went 0-for-4 and committed the error that led to two unearned runs in the sixth. Bordick did sacrifice Anderson into scoring position before Davis' game-winning hit.

Pub Date: 4/03/97

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