Game in review

March 28, 1998|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 4-0 loss to the Montreal Expos yesterday in Jupiter, Fla.

Ups and downs

DOWN: Jeff Reboulet. Batting leadoff, he goes 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a double play, and has a sharp grounder shoot through his legs.

UP: Joe Carter. Flies to the left-field wall his first time up, then lines a double to left. Two of the loudest at-bats he's had in a while.

UP: B. J. Surhoff. Goes 2-for-3 to raise his average to .293.

DOWN: Cal Ripken. Goes hitless in three at-bats and is subjected to the heckling of an autograph-hungry fan sitting behind the screen. Takes all the fun out of a trip to Jupiter.

UP: Ozzie Guillen. Works another count to 2-0, gets another hit. He's on to something here.

The bats

The dog days of spring training took another bite out of the offense, aided by Montreal ace Carlos Perez, preparing for Wednesday's opener against Pittsburgh. The Orioles were limited to six hits, including two in the ninth inning. Surhoff was the only Oriole with more than one hit. P. J. Forbes and Eric Davis singled in the ninth. Forbes is 6-for-17 (.353). This is the third time the Orioles have been shut out this spring.

The arms

Scott Erickson's final tuneup before pitching the second game of the season lasted five innings. He allowed four runs and seven hits, walked one and struck out four. He also didn't get the best defensive support. Left-handers Doug Johns, Jesse Orosco and Arthur Rhodes blanked the Expos over the last three innings. Orosco gave up two hits, but was aided by a man caught stealing. Johns al- lowed one hit and Rhodes walked a batter.

The rest

After a slow start due to an injured finger, Surhoff has hit in seven of his last eight games. During that time, he's 10-for-28. Carter was hitless in his last 10 at-bats and 2-for-23 before his fourth-inning double. Roberto Alomar didn't play yesterday and might get today off. The Orioles second baseman is hitless in his last 11 at-bats. Rookie first baseman Brad Fullmer and Scott Livingstone had two RBIs for the Expos. The Orioles were 5-0 against the Expos before yesterday. The Orioles (17-8) have fallen behind Boston (18-8) and Texas (20-9) in the Grapefruit League standings.

Quote of the day

"We can take those Jurassic Park comments and tell them that the dinosaurs ate everybody." -- Manager Ray Miller.

Pub Date: 3/28/98

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