Game in review

March 06, 1998|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 11-7 win over the New York Mets in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.:

Ups and downs

UP: Chris Hoiles. Serving as the designated hitter, Hoiles reached on an error, delivered the Orioles' first run with a double to left-center in the fourth and drove in another with a single in the fifth. Enough to forgive being thrown out at third base on a fly ball to center.

UP: Jeffrey Hammonds. Played all nine innings of Wednesday's loss to St. Louis and had enough left in his legs to beat out an infield hit in the second inning. Also singled in run in the fifth.

DOWN: The wind. It robbed Rafael Palmeiro of a home run in the third, the ball dying at the wall as right-fielder Butch Husky made the catch. "That's on the flag court at home," said manager Ray Miller.

DOWN: Nerio Rodriguez. Was rocked in two innings, but no harm done thanks to Orioles' uprising.

UP: Wady Almonte. A defensive replacement in left field, he threw out a runner at the plate to end the eighth inning and keep the score tied.

UP: Roberto Alomar. A pinch hitter in the eighth, he untied it with two-run double -- his first hit of the spring.

The bats

All they had to do was put the ball in play and wait for an error (the Mets made six). After being silent against left-hander Al Leiter through three innings, the Orioles erupted against three Mets relievers. They again reached double figures in hits, this time pounding out 12. Hoiles, Hammonds and Ryan Minor had two apiece. Miguel Mejia brought in an insurance run in the eighth with a sacrifice fly. Eric Davis drove in a run and scored twice, and Mike Bordick had a double and an RBI as a replacement at designated hitter. Palmeiro had a double.

The arms

Making his second spring start, right-hander Mike Mussina gave up two runs in the first inning before settling down to retire seven of the last eight batters he faced. Right-hander Rodriguez allowed four straight hits to open the fourth inning, with the Mets scoring twice, and served up a two-run homer to Craig Paquette in the fifth. Matt Snyder, in camp because of injuries, retired the side in the sixth, striking out two. Veteran Jesse Orosco allowed an unearned run in the seventh, giving up back-to-back singles and committing a throwing error, but he also picked off his second Met this spring. Armando Benitez closed the game with two scoreless innings, allowing two hits while continuing to experiment with his circle change.

The rest

Brady Anderson was robbed of a hit leading off the first inning when former teammate Joe Orsulak, playing first base yesterday, dived to his right to smother the ball and raced to the bag ahead of Anderson. Orsulak, a non-roster invitee, got his first hit and RBI of the spring with a fourth-inning single off Rodriguez. He's 1-for-12 this spring. The Orioles' five-run rally in the fifth began with two outs. Mets third baseman Matt Franco made two errors and threw high to first base on a grounder by Hammonds that was ruled a hit. His replacement, Paquette, had a ball go through his legs in the fourth inning. Shortstop Shawn Gilbert made two errors on one play in the fifth.

Quote of the day

"Hey, who do I look like, Mark McGwire?" -- slender infielder Ozzie Guillen, directing his comment toward the Orioles' dugout after entering the game at first base in the ninth inning -- the first time he had played the position.

Pub Date: 3/06/98

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