Game in review

March 04, 1998|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 6-6 tie with the Minnesota Twins:

Ups and downs

Down: Scott Kamieniecki. Had little on the ball and ran into nothing but trouble. And against the Twins' "B" team, no less. But his arm felt good.

Up: Sidney Ponson. Might have begun answering some important questions about his future.

Up: Harold Baines. A double in his first at-bat yesterday made him 4-for-7 with three extra-base hits this spring. Death, taxes Up: The sixth inning. Orioles send 12 batters to the plate and score six times Monday, and get home runs from Joe Carter and Jeffrey Hammonds yesterday. Keep 'em coming.

Up: Tie games. Did anybody want extra innings in spring training?

The bats

They were mostly silent through two innings against Twins right-hander Frank Rodriguez, but consecutive singles to open the third by Melvin Rosario, Mike Bordick and Brady Anderson produced one run, and Eric Davis collected his third RBI of the spring when the Twins botched a shallow fly to right. The Orioles tied the score 4-4 in the sixth on Carter and Hammonds home runs, and again in the eighth on Danny Clyburn's two-run single. The Orioles reached double figures in hits for the second straight day, this time collecting 14. Rosario had three good at-bats, also walking in the fifth and lining to center in the sixth. Ryan Minor continues to swing with authority and Cal Ripken got his fourth hit of the spring.

The arms

Scott Kamieniecki's first start of the spring was a bust statistically. But he felt better than he looked, and this time of the year, that's enough. Much of the talk yesterday centered on right-hander Sidney Ponson, who threw four shutout innings. Left-hander Doug Johns needed only five pitches to get through the seventh. Alan Mills needed better luck. Some breakdowns in the field and a few misplaced grounders made his line -- two innings, five hits, two runs (one earned) -- look worse than it was. He didn't walk a batter and struck out two. The Twins were the second club in two days to reach double figures in hits against Orioles pitching.

The rest

With left-hander Dan Serafini pitching for the Twins in the fifth JTC inning, Orioles manager Ray Miller pinch hit P. J. Forbes for Roberto Alomar. Miller didn't want Alomar trying to bat right-handed. The Orioles didn't make an error through seven innings, then committed two in the eighth. They've made five errors in the past two games. Miller joked afterward that he was glad to get nine innings out of coach Eddie Murray, who was ejected from the previous day's game.

Quote of the day

"Knowing how B.J. is, I'm going to have to sit on him. He wore out every machine in this building yesterday. He'll be able to run a marathon by the time four or five days are over. He'll be in better shape than anybody in the world." -- Miller on B.J. Surhoff.

Pub Date: 3/04/98

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