Game in review

March 07, 1998|By Joe Strauss

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 18-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Vero Beach, Fla.:

Ups and downs

Down : Scott Erickson. Scheduled to go five innings, he couldn't clear a six-hit fourth. Everything was up. Eleven of last 16 batters against him reached.

Up : Dodgertown. Worth the 2-hour drive even to take a pounding.

Up : Roberto Alomar. His first right-handed at-bat is near.

The bats

The Orioles fell mostly silent against Martinez, managing two hits in four innings. "First baseman" Ozzie Guillen slipped to 1-for-14 and failed to push the ball out of the infield. The Orioles were held to four hits, the second time this spring they've been stopped on five hits or fewer.

The arms

Eighteen runs and 20 hits say it all. Erickson was less than sharp, though he spent much of his 3 2/3 innings tweaking a change and slider. Norm Charlton had his second outing this spring and struggled with his control. The only one of five Orioles pitchers to escape unscathed, Rick Krivda, pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, then threw a tantrum after being removed for a pinch hitter. Sorry, National League rules.

The rest

Regulars Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, Chris Hoiles and Mike Bordick made the trip. Cal Ripken will make his sojourn to Dodgertown next Friday. Erickson grounded to shortstop in his only at-bat. He began to sprint toward first base, slowed then peeled off for the dugout before Todd Zeile's throw pulled Eric Karros off the bag. The Orioles committed two errors, giving them 13 in seven games.

Quote of the day

"As a pitcher, one of the first three times out in spring training you're probably going to get the ball up and be a little stiff. When you add four hours of bus rides here -- two up and two back -- you've got a chance of being even stiffer, especially when you're playing in a ballpark with no dugout to keep the sun off you and with people yelling at you. Plus you're only about 12 feet from the hitters and you've got nothing in front of you. I can't believe somebody hasn't gotten killed here. Other than that it's a great place." -- manager Ray Miller, who barely escaped being smoked by a foul ball, on the inconveniences associated with a four-hour round trip to Vero Beach.

Pub Date: 3/07/98

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