Game in review

March 03, 1998|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 11-9 win over the Montreal Expos:

Ups and downs

Up: Eric Davis. A double and two-run homer make Davis 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base this spring. As if he wasn't having enough fun already.

Down: Bullpen. A 4-2 lead after three innings went up in smoke as relievers Billy Percibal, Kevin Gallaher and Gabe Molina did the Macarena with a dancing plate.

Up: Jesus Tavarez. Making his first start of spring, he reached on an error in the second inning, stole second and took third on a throwing error that allowed Cal Ripken to score. Always in the middle of something good.

Up: Running game. The young legs of Tavarez, Eugene Kingsale and Darnell McDonald produced three more stolen bases, giving the Orioles six in three games.

Up: Charlie Greene. Batting in the sixth inning with the bases loaded, two outs and the Orioles down by a run, Greene was grazed on the sleeve by a pitch from Expos reliever Steve Falteisek. He gets an RBI and kudos for taking one for the team.

Up: Tony Tarasco. He singled, walked twice -- including once with the bases loaded -- and made a diving catch in center field. Not too shabby for someone who wasn't even in the starting lineup.

The bats

They should be bronzed for the job they did yesterday, producing 11 runs and 11 hits and bailing out the pitchers. The Orioles had their biggest inning of the spring, scoring six times in the sixth inning to go ahead, 11-9. Patience paid off, as the Expos matched the Orioles in bases-loaded walks (two) and also hit three batters. Davis went to the opposite field twice and struck gold both times, doubling into the gap and hitting a two-run homer that broke a 2-2 tie.

The arms

The Expos milked two runs and four hits out of starter Jimmy Key, then tortured the first three relievers brought in by manager Ray Miller. They sent nine batters to the plate against three relievers in a marathon sixth inning. The Orioles' bullpen issued NTC seven walks total, though none by Vince Horsman (two innings) and Norm Charlton (two innings), and was charged with seven runs. Charlton made a strong Orioles debut, pitching two shutout innings and striking out one. He even got away with having to signal his pitches to catcher Greene so they would be on the same page.

The rest

Montreal left most of its regulars behind and still totaled nine runs and 10 hits, almost enough to hand the Orioles their first spring loss. The Orioles committed three errors, one more than the Expos. The game lasted 3: 21, an hour more than the previous day, when the Orioles blanked the New York Mets, 1-0.

Quote of the day

"Here's a young guy up there having a heck of an at-bat working on some things and this man is going to take the at-bat away from him. That's not right." -- Eddie Murray, on umpire Ken Kaiser calling a third strike on Danny Clyburn and ejecting Murray.

Pub Date: 3/03/98

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