Game in review

March 21, 1998|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.:

Ups and downs

UP: Doug Drabek. It doesn't get much more impressive than that. Is there an award for best fifth starter?

UP: Norm Charlton. This is what manager Ray Miller has been waiting to see all spring.

DOWN: Terry Mathews. Knew he was in trouble as soon as he threw the first pitch. Had nothing.

UP: Rafael Palmeiro. Wallops his second home run of the spring. Any burst of offense in this game couldn't go ignored.

DOWN: Ken Kaiser. Plate umpire was planted like a redwood on foul pop by Cal Ripken in seventh, interfering with Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza's pursuit of ball and allowing it to fall.

UP: Grounds crew. Got rid of the moat at shortstop well before the first pitch. The unsung heroes.

The bats

Los Angeles starter Chan Ho Park limited the Orioles to one hit and an unearned run in five innings. The Orioles had five hits over the last four innings, including a Jeff Reboulet single in the ninth as part of an ill-fated rally. None of the Orioles had a multi-hit game. This wasn't a day for offensive fireworks.

The arms

Drabek was nothing short of spectacular. If this hadn't been an exhibition game, he might still be getting hitters out. Charlton and Armando Benitez each turned in a hitless inning, combining for three strikeouts. Mathews couldn't get the ball down and was hammered.

The rest

Reboulet played despite still feeling the effects of a chest cold. Ryan Minor didn't play for the first time this spring. Alomar has hit safely in 12 of his past 13 games; during that time, he's knocked in eight runs. Anderson sprinted to the warning track in center field and reached over his head to run down a drive from Eric Young in the fourth. The Orioles had a five-game winning streak ended. The club's two previous losses to the Dodgers were by a combined score of 22-2.

Quote of the day

"I was dead. I had nothing on the ball. Just an overall dead feeling." -- Mathews.

Pub Date: 3/21/98

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