Game in review

March 17, 1998|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 10-4 victory over the Florida Marlins last night in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Ups and downs

Ups : Scott Erickson. Didn't just mow down the Marlins, he obliterated them. A total mismatch.

Ups : Harold Baines. Stuck hitting seventh at times, he moves up to fifth and goes 2-for-2 with an RBI. Perhaps most impressive, he has enough life left in his knees to score from first on a double.

Ups : Cal Ripken. Batting .226 with three RBIs coming in, Ripken brings a pair of two-run doubles to the party.

Ups : Roberto Alomar. Doubles leading off the third inning and later scores, then makes a diving stop of Ryan Jackson's grounder to prevent a run in the fourth.

Ups : Jeffrey Hammonds. Contributes two RBI singles after replacing Eric Davis in right field.

Downs: Norm Charlton. Charged with four runs (three earned) in the seventh inning. One of the four hits off him was a bloop to left and another didn't leave the infield, but another was a rocket into left-center. He also threw a wild pitch.

The bats

They dished out a beating to the World Series MVP, right-hander Livan Hernandez, who gave up nine runs (eight earned) and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. By the end, the Orioles had raked Marlins pitching for 11 hits. Baines had two of the hits before being removed in the fifth. Brady Anderson and Rafael Palmeiro each had one RBI, as the Orioles scored in four of the first five innings.

The arms

How dominant was Erickson? When Marlins catcher Charles Johnson lined to center field with one out in the fifth inning, it marked the first and only time Florida got a ball out of the infield. Erickson retired 15 of the 17 batters he faced. Nerio Rodriguez struck out two in a perfect sixth inning and was the most relaxed that manager Ray Miller has seen him. Charlton labored again -- he's given up eight runs (seven earned) and 12 hits in seven innings -- but Alan Mills and Arthur Rhodes were strong.

The rest

Orioles starters have compiled a 1.00 ERA over the last eight games. Gold Glove catcher Charles Johnson made Florida's third error when he dropped a foul pop-up from Joe Carter that would have ended the fifth inning. Carter flew out on the next pitch. Right fielder Mark Kotsay dropped a fly ball from Lenny Webster that would have ended the sixth inning -- the Marlins' fourth error. Orioles third baseman Ryan Minor committed his third error of the spring in the seventh inning, leading to an unearned run, but later robbed Kevin Millar of a hit with a diving stop beyond the third base line.

Quote of the day

"I threw OK. But after the game [10 days ago] against Los Angeles I thought I was going to be released, according to you guys. I'm just trying to get my work in and get ready for the start of the season. Then it's for real." -- Erickson, who gave up nine runs to the Dodgers on March 6.

Pub Date: 3/17/98

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