Game in review

March 20, 1998|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 5-3 victory over the Montreal Expos yesterday in Jupiter, Fla.

Ups and downs

Ups: Roberto Alomar. Singled in his first two at-bats, then rapped a two-run double off former Oriole Shawn Boskie in the fourth inning. He's batting .457(16-for-35) during his past 12 games.

Even: Chris Hoiles. Failed to lay down a bunt and advance runners in second inning -- a cardinal sin in this camp -- but atoned with a two-run double in same at-bat, as manager Ray Miller put on the hit-and-run.

Downs: Scott Kamieniecki. His first major-league hit and sacrifice bunt aside, it wasn't a good day for Kamieniecki. Far too many base runners, as the right-hander labored through four innings and didn't come close to matching Friday's impressive outing in Vero Beach.

Ups: Nerio Rodriguez. Gave the club three solid innings behind Kamieniecki. "He gets better and better. He's close to being something special," Miller said.

Ups: Cal Ripken. Two more hits yesterday keep the spring average climbing.

Ups: Rafael Palmeiro. Went 0-for-4 from the cleanup spot, making the final out three times, and dropped a pop-up.

The bats

The Orioles lumped six of their 10 hits into the second inning, including an RBI single by Brady Anderson. Ripken, B. J. Surhoff, Hoiles, Kamieniecki and Alomar also collected hits that inning, and Anderson added a single in the fourth. Ripken led off the fifth inning with a double, the Orioles' last hit of the game.

The arms

Kamieniecki spent his entire outing in hot water, though he managed to limit Montreal to three runs and earned his first victory. He surrendered nine hits, threw a wild pitch, hit a batter and failed to go beyond the fourth inning. Rodriguez gave the Orioles three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out two. Left-hander Jesse Orosco's first pitch went halfway up the backstop, but he blanked the Expos in the eighth. And left-hander Arthur Rhodes struck out the side in the ninth, displaying good velocity and a tough breaking pitch.

The rest

Infielder Jeff Reboulet was given the day off because of a chest cold. The Orioles are 5-0 vs. the Expos this spring. Though Palmeiro dropped a pop-up by Brad Fullmer with a runner on first and one out in the first inning, he was spared an error when Hoiles picked up the ball and threw to Kamieniecki covering first. Just your typical 3-2-1 putout. The game started seven minutes late because of rain. The grounds crew was covering the infield as a singer performed the Canadian national anthem -- and had to stop twice and finally start over because he forgot the lyrics.

Quote of the day

"As long as this club's healthy and you keep them focused, I

think there's no limit to what they can do. We're in a pretty good division. The New York Yankees have got a great club. They've also got some question marks and probably so do we, but I think our question marks are fewer if we keep everybody healthy." -- Manager Ray Miller.

Pub Date: 3/20/98

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