Game in review

March 26, 1998|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 5-4 victory over the Florida Marlins yesterday in Viera, Fla.

Ups and downs

UP: Doug Drabek. Not nearly as good as his past three starts, but pretty solid.

DOWN: Joe Carter. Took a bad angle on Jim Eisenreich's drive into right-center field in the fifth inning, allowing the ball to sail over his head for an RBI double. Also struck out in his only two at-bats.

UP: Mike Bordick. Two more RBIs give him nine this spring. And the glove is as dependable as ever.

UP: Brady Anderson. Didn't strand runners.

UP: Rafael Palmeiro. Two doubles give him eight extra-base hits this spring.

EVEN: Space Coast Stadium. A nice facility that sits in the middle of nowhere. Attach some wheels and roll it back to civilization.

The bats

Bordick's two-out, two-run single in the seventh wiped out a 2-1 deficit, and after Jeffrey Hammonds walked, Anderson drilled a two-run double to right. B. J. Surhoff doubled earlier in the inning off left-hander Kirt Ojala. Anderson also drove in a run in the third with a bouncer to the right side. Palmeiro doubled in the fourth and eighth innings.

The arms

Before last night, Drabek hadn't given up a run or walk in his past three starts. He walked Ryan Jackson with two outs in the fourth, and the Marlins scored in the fifth on doubles by former Oriole Gregg Zaun and Eisenreich. Gary Sheffield singled leading off the sixth and scored on Jackson's double to right, prompting Drabek's exit. The right-hander allowed two runs and six hits, walking two and striking out four. Left-hander Doug Johns came on and struck out the side in the sixth. Alan Mills loaded the bases with none out in the seventh, then struck out Sheffield looking. Left-hander Arthur Rhodes walked pinch hitter Kevin Millar on four pitches before getting the last two outs. He gave up a run in the eighth on a double by Zaun and a two-out bloop single by Mark Kotsay. Left-hander Norm Charlton escaped a jam in the ninth for his fourth straight scoreless inning.

The rest

Sheffield barely beat Roberto Alomar's relay throw in the sixth, making a wide slide to avoid the sweeping tag of catcher Melvin Rosario and deliver the go-ahead run. With a runner breaking from second, Bordick charged a ground ball by Josh Booty and alertly threw to Cal Ripken at third for the out. Drabek skipped batting practice, telling hitting coach Rick Down that he wanted to make room for someone else. Drabek then singled in his first at-bat. Owner Peter Angelos was at Fort Lauderdale Stadium yesterday.

Quote of the day

"Terry never knuckles under to anything. This has been an ongoing thing. It's built up and up. It's like pouring water on circuit. I think he cleared his circuits." -- Miller on reliever Terry Mathews, who let his frustration show after Tuesday's outing.

Pub Date: 3/26/98

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