Game in review

March 27, 1998|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 6-4 victory over the Florida Marlins yesterday in Viera, Fla.

Ups and downs

UP: Mike Mussina. Five strong innings in his last start before Opening Day.

UP: Jeffrey Hammonds. Two more opposite-field home runs, four more RBIs.

UP: Terry Mathews. Sticks around long enough to take something positive out of his latest outing. When good things happen to good people.

EVEN: Jeff Reboulet. Strikes out twice and misplays a ball at second base that generously was scored a hit, but also brings home an insurance run in the ninth.

UP: B. J. Surhoff. Crushes a ball off the roof of a batting cage beyond the tall fence in right.

DOWN: Ryan Minor. Strikes out for the team-leading 12th time, and commits his team-leading fifth error after moving to first base.

The bats

The Orioles looked eager to get out of Viera. After Surhoff's first-inning home run, Marlins starter Livan Hernandez retired 16 in a row before walking Brady Anderson with two outs in the sixth. Hammonds' two-run homer broke a 1-1 tie. Harold Baines followed with a single, the Orioles' third hit. Hammonds collected the fourth, drilling another two-run shot to right, and Jesus Tavarez got the fifth with a double to left. Tavarez is batting .316 (12-for-38).

The arms

Mussina allowed one run and five hits in five innings and also had a pretty good cut against Hernandez, flying to deep center. He walked one and struck out six. Mathews retired the side in the sixth, striking out Gary Sheffield and getting the next two hitters on fly balls. Alan Mills, working in back-to-back games, also breezed through an inning, striking out one. Left-hander Jesse Orosco faced five batters in the eighth and retired only xTC one, allowing three runs (one earned) and two hits. The Orioles committed two errors behind him, but Orosco got himself in trouble by walking the first two batters.

The rest

P. J. Forbes entered the game at third base in the seventh inning and made a diving stop near the line on the first ball hit to him, robbing Johnson of at least a double. Ozzie Guillen committed an error in the eighth inning after booting Sheffield's single in left field.

Quote of the day

"This is usually the time of year when I like to break a bone, so it looks like I'm right on schedule." -- Anderson, who had to leave the game after being hit on the left hand while stealing second.

Pub Date: 3/27/98

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