Game in review

March 12, 1998|By Joe Strauss

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 3-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox yesterday in Fort Myers, Fla.:

Ups and downs

EVEN: Scott Erickson. Five shutout innings included five walks and a constant struggle to pitch down. Benefited from two double plays.

UP: Calvin Pickering. "The next Mo Vaughn" hit safely vs. Brad Radke on Monday and against Pedro Martinez yesterday.

DOWN: Pedro Martinez bashing. The Orioles found out what the $12 million fuss is all about. Five innings, three hits, no walks, eight strikeouts. Nasty.

DOWN: Defense. Three errors, a botched rundown, two first-inning stolen bases. The most subtle problem this spring.

UP: Roberto Alomar. Two hits and a visit from Mary Pierce in the same afternoon. What versatility.

The bats

The Orioles did next to nothing against Martinez, striking out eight times and putting a runner into scoring position only after two outs in the fifth inning. Pickering, Lenny Webster and Ozzie Guillen managed singles, but only Webster managed a pull hit. Ryan Minor cooled, but only slightly. He enjoyed a 1-for-4 day courtesy of an infield single to extend an 8-for-14 run that included five RBIs. He played both third and first base. For the fourth time this spring, the Orioles were held to six hits or fewer. Alomar hit safely from each side of the plate after striking out twice against Martinez. Alomar is 3-for-5 batting right-handed.

The arms

Erickson provided his second scoreless appearance in three spring outings, but his degree of difficulty was high. Working extensively on his breaking pitches, Erickson surrendered only one hit, a double by Jim Leyritz to lead off the second inning. Erickson has allowed 12 hits, seven walks and seven earned runs in 11 2/3 innings. Showpiece left-hander Rick Krivda worked for the third time in six days, this time one inning without incident. Terry Mathews again failed to provide an unblemished inning as Donnie Sadler and Jimmy Hurst reached him. Arthur Rhodes endured a rough eighth inning. He committed an error and allowed two runs, one unearned.

The rest

Again playing imperfect defense, the Orioles committed three errors and bungled a rundown, but they also turned three double plays. Left fielder Joe Carter performed the first by making a first-inning running catch against John Valentin, then catching Darren Lewis off second base with a one-hop throw. The mad hacker, Guillen, fouled a first pitch off his shin while facing Martinez. Yesterday's lineup included regulars Alomar, Carter and Harold Baines. The trio was a combined 2-for-11 with four strikeouts.

Quote of the day

"He pitched a great game. He's got great stuff but he didn't see Surhoff, Palmeiro and Davis. He'll see them next time." -- manager Ray Miller on Red Sox's Martinez.

Pub Date: 3/12/98

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