Game in review

March 08, 1998|By Joe Strauss

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 8-5 victory over the Montreal Expos yesterday in Jupiter, Fla.:

Ups and downs

UP: Eric Davis. Added another page to his outstanding camp with a first-inning home run and a running catch in right field. Also contributed an RBI single in the fourth.

DOWN: Doug Johns. Veteran left-hander's long-shot candidacy likely crashed during a three-run seventh inning. Four hits, three runs. Ouch.

UP: Jesus Tavarez. Another hit, another RBI. Switch-hitter hasn't made a mistake all spring.

UP: Rafael Palmeiro. He lined an opposite-field double, went from first to third on a single to left field and accepted a walk with a runner at third base. All were rarely seen last season.

UP: P. J. Forbes. Could be this year's Aaron Ledesma.

DOWN: Anthony Telford. Some things never change. Ex-Oriole surren- dered the four-run ninth on five consecutive hits. Hammer time.

The bats

The Orioles scored early and late as they crammed seven of their 10 hits into the first and ninth innings. Davis maintained his .500 spring average and leads the team with seven RBIs. Palmeiro showed signs of returning to an all-fields hitter. Forbes provided the game-winning RBI with a ground-rule double in the ninth. Ryan Minor contributed his third double of spring to cap the scoring. Minor has four extra-base hits in 16 at-bats.

The arms

Jimmy Key provided a reassuring four-inning performance. Alan Mills looked solid in 1 1/3 innings. He was forced to relieve Doug Johns during the Expos' three-run seventh. No longer is Mills hindered by last April's shoulder injury that caused numbness for most of 1997.

The rest

Lenny Webster received his sec- ond start of spring behind the plate. He also contributed his first hit of camp off ex-Oriole Shawn Boskie. Jeffrey Hammonds committed himself to getting stronger this winter but appeared a step slow in the outfield. He failed to stop Derrick May's gapper that went for a triple in the seventh. He broke late for a first-inning pop-up but was saved by right fielder Eric Davis. Boskie threw two scoreless innings as he attempts to make his third roster in three years. The Orioles entered the ninth facing their third game of six hits or fewer. They broke out for five consecutive hits.

Quotes of the day

"I can play anywhere, just don't put me at third base. I don't want to be booed in Baltimore. That's if I get to Baltimore." -- utility infielder Ozzie Guillen, who played shortstop and left field yesterday, on his reluctance to be remotely connected to replacing Cal Ripken. Guillen also has played first base and second base this spring.

"Right now I couldn't make anybody's high school team." -- outfielder and trade bait Tony Tarasco, after enduring an 0-for-3 day against the Expos.

Pub Date: 3/08/98

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