Game in Review

March 10, 1998|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 9-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins yesterday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Ups and downs

UP: Eric Davis. Took over the club lead with his third and fourth home runs this spring. An amazing comeback story expands by the day.

UP: Jeffrey Hammonds. An RBI double, two-run homer and two singles. Wears the travel well.

DOWN: Batting practice. Who needs it? The Orioles certainly didn't yesterday.

UP: Doug Drabek. A fifth starter getting people out and giving the club innings. What a concept.

UP: Calvin Pickering. Not content just playing in his first exhibition game, he lines a single off 20-game winner Brad Radke.

UP: Ryan Minor. Maybe Triple-A isn't a stretch for this guy after all.

The bats

There was no shortage of offense. It began with a leadoff double by Brady Anderson and never let up. The Orioles hit four home runs, including three off Radke. Davis and Hammonds were exceptional. Minor collected two more hits, including his second homer, and is on an 8-for-13 tear. Jeff Reboulet got his first extra-base hit of the spring, a double leading off the second inning.

The arms

Drabek had his sinker working for four innings, which had the Twins in deep trouble. They managed only four hits off him, and Drabek provided a stark contrast to Orioles pitching of the previous day by not issuing a walk. Rocky Coppinger ran into trouble in his second inning of work, giving up three runs. He walked four and threw a wild pitch. Jesse Orosco, Chris Fussell and Armando Benitez combined for four shutout innings, allowing no walks.

The rest

Reboulet, who started at second base, had the Orioles' only error. Jim Foster, a catcher in the minor leagues, again got some playing time at first base, as did Ozzie Guillen. Twins third baseman Corey Koskie went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Benitez was moving around fine after being hit on the left knee by a foul ball in Sunday's game. Davis kidded with Hammonds that failing to hit for the cycle cost him air time on ESPN. Going 4-for-4, he said, wouldn't be good enough.

Quote of the day

"I don't get booed now. That's the great thing. Especially when you go on the road. They'd boo you because you were the villain, because you always beat up on their team. Now, I don't get those. But if I keep hitting home runs, they'll learn how to boo." -- Davis, joking about why this is his most enjoyable spring training.

! Pub Date: 3/10/98

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