Game in review

March 18, 1998|By Joe Strauss

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 10-6 victory over the Florida Marlins yesterday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Ups and downs

Ups: Mike Bordick. No. 9 hitter slashed a home run and doubled for three RBIs. Tied for second on team with 13 hits.

Downs: Ozzie Guillen. Projected 25th man hasn't lived up to his reputation with the glove and appears uncertain at second base. The mad hacker has more errors (2) than runs plus RBI (1).

Ups: Rick Krivda. Questionable defense hurt him, but he still couldn't get through two innings. Remaining trade value evaporating.

Ups: Jeff Reboulet. Playing the entire game at third base, he had two hits -- including a double for his first RBI this spring -- and scored three times. He even stole his second base, challenging Jesus Tavarez for the team lead.

Evens: Jimmy Key. Pitched capably but still hasn't cleared five innings this spring.

The bats

For the second straight day, the Orioles pounded the toothless defending world champions. They reached left-hander Felix Heredia for eight hits and six runs in four innings. Bordick took the biggest shot with a three-run homer in the second inning. The Orioles' 12 hits bumped their spring average to .281. They are averaging 6.22 runs per game. Second baseman P.J. Forbes smoked a bases-loaded double off Antonio Alfonseca in the four-run seventh inning. The Orioles scored at least three runs in five of 16 at-bats against the Marlins.

The arms

Key still hasn't cleared five innings this spring. He allowed eight base runners and struggled with his mechanics probably because of a gale pushing toward left field. The rotation has allowed a 1.35 ERA over the last nine games. Rick Krivda and Armando Benitez were both hindered by defensive lapses. Krivda failed to get through two innings. Benitez strong-armed his way through the ninth, but allowed a wind-aided home run to non-roster outfielder Kevin Millar. Benitez allowed three unearned runs.

The rest

Defense. Defense. Two more errors by non-roster types bumped the Orioles' spring total to 25. Guillen dropped the relay on a double play ball and Tavarez dumped what could have been a game-ending catch. The Orioles effectively played little ball, stealing twice and sacrificing with Guillen. Roberto Alomar played three innings but "felt dead," according to manager Miller. Jeffrey Hammonds played all three outfield positions. While in left field, Hammonds made a dazzling catch on Millar's drive to the warning track, then began a 7-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Quote of the day

"Where's the age at? Everybody talks about this team being old. I don't see the age in it. We're old? I'll tell you what. You think Jimmy Leyland would take this one over the one he's got? Do you think we look old to him?" -- Right fielder Eric Davis on perceptions of the Orioles as a group of AARP members.

Pub Date: 3/18/98

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