Game in review

March 14, 1998|By Peter Schmuck

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Fla.

Ups and downs

UP: Scott Kamieniecki. Turned in his best performance of the exhibition season, giving up a run on three hits over four innings. He struck out two and walked one, but still was saddled with his second loss of the spring.

DOWN: Orioles offense. Managed just five singles and a double against four Dodgers pitchers and were shut out for the second time in three days.

EVEN: Melvin Rosario. Catching prospect had two of the Orioles' six hits, but also made a costly error.

DOWN: Norm Charlton. Veteran reliever allowed three hits and one run in one inning of work, raising his spring ERA to 6.00.

The arms

Kamieniecki was clearly encouraged by his four-inning performance, and why not? He entered the game 0-1 with a 17.36 ERA in two previous starts. Nerio Rodriguez, 24, followed him to the mound and gave up a run on two hits and two walks over two innings. Alan Mills gave up an unearned run over one inning of work and Charlton gave up a run on three weak hits.

The bats

Apparently, most of them were left on the bus. The Orioles managed just two hits in four innings off Dodgers starter Hideo Nomo and six hits overall, the only extra-base hit a double by Jeff Reboulet. Rookie catcher Rosario had the best day at the plate, with two singles in three at-bats to raise his spring average to .500.

The rest

The Dodgers got a $100 million scare when Kamieniecki hit superstar catcher Mike Piazza on the right forearm with a pitch, but Piazza suffered only a bruise and stayed in the game. Nomo evened his record at 1-1 with his best outing of the spring. He entered the game with an 0-1 record and a 21.00 ERA. Dodgers pitchers struck out 10 batters and walked just one.

Quote of the day

"There couldn't have been a better bull's eye there. It knocked me a little silly. I heard 'heads up,' so at the last second I turned. It's a miracle, especially coming on Friday the 13th." -- Pitcher Matt Snyder, who was struck in the middle of the forehead by a liner from Todd Hollandsworth as Los Angeles took batting practice.

Pub Date: 3/14/98

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