Game in review

March 11, 1998|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 3-3 tie with the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Ups and downs

UP: Mike Mussina. Bring on Opening Day.

UP: Rafael Palmeiro. He leads off the fourth inning with a walk, steals second and scores without drawing a throw on a single to center field. Who is this guy?

DOWN: Alan Mills. The balls weren't smoked, but enough snuck through to wipe out a 3-1 lead. He got the grounders he wanted, but was burned anyway.

UP: Chris Hoiles. First game after taking a broken bat in the ribs, he picks off a runner and contributes a walk to a three-run fourth inning. Tough as nails.

DOWN: Charlie Greene. A throwing error and passed ball. A hard day for someone known for his defense.

The bats

The Orioles managed only five hits, and all their scoring came in the fourth inning. Eric Davis singled to drive in his team-leading 13th run. Harold Baines hit a sacrifice fly to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead, and Mike Bordick padded it with a single, his second RBI. Cal Ripken ended an 0-for-12 skid with a fourth-inning single.

The arms

Mussina was challenged, and he was up to the test. His control within the strike zone was better than his first two starts. Mills can't figure out why he gets outs when the ball is hit in the air, but not when he keeps it on the ground. Nerio Rodriguez and Norm Charlton were strong. Only Mussina yielded any walks.

The rest

Mussina, Bordick and Greene committed errors. The game was stopped after nine innings because St. Louis ran out of pitchers. Manager Ray Miller put on the hit-and-run in the ninth inning with Tony Tarasco at second base, one out and Lenny Webster batting. Webster missed a pitch out of the strike zone and Tarasco was thrown out. Hoiles was thrown out trying to go from first to third while Ripken scored, but didn't blame his sore ribs. "That was just slow legs," he said.

Quote of the day

"I ran in and said, 'I've got it right here.' But it wasn't right here. It was down there." -- Mussina, who dropped a first-inning bunt.

Pub Date: 3/11/98

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