Game in review

March 29, 1998|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 4-0 loss to the New York Mets yesterday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Ups and downs

UP: Eric Davis. His stiff back didn't prevent him from getting a base hit in the first inning and trying to steal second. He closed out the Florida portion of the exhibition season with a .360 batting average and 16 RBIs.

DOWN: Jimmy Key. The left-hander got dinked to death in the second inning and gave up some hard-hit balls in the third and fourth on the way to his first loss of the exhibition season. Overall, however, he had a solid spring, finishing with a 3-1 record and a 3.38 ERA.

UP: Chris Hoiles. He had two hits and a walk to raise his average to .333.

UP: Charlie Greene. The catcher singled in the third inning for his first hit of the preseason. He had been hitless in 16 previous at-bats.

The bats

The Orioles ended the spring with a whimper and not a bang. They were shut out by Montreal at Jupiter on Friday and extended their string of scoreless innings to 18 yesterday. Jeffrey Hammonds and Eric Davis had a hit apiece, and enter the final exhibition game today at Camden Yards tied for the club lead with 18 hits, four homers and 16 RBIs.

The arms

Key did not throw the ball poorly, but he had trouble picking it up. He bobbled several balls around the mound and fell victim to a collection of soft hits in the Mets' three-run second inning. He gave up three runs on nine hits to suffer his first loss of the spring. Reliever Norm Charlton broke his streak of four scoreless innings when he gave up a home nun to catcher Tim Spehr in the sixth. Right-hander Alan Mills threw a scoreless seventh. Terry Mathews pitched a hitless eighth and Armando Benitez threw a hitless ninth.

The rest

Hoiles played first base and Rafael Palmeiro got a semi-holiday in the designated hitter spot. ... Second baseman Roberto Alomar got his second straight day off yesterday. He is expected to play in today's exhibition game at Camden Yards. ... Utility man Ozzie Guillen entered the game in the eighth inning in left field and B. J. Surhoff made a ninth-inning appearance in renter

Quote of the day

"The past few days have been a little bit of a grind. Overall, it's gone pretty fast. It hasn't dragged p a lot. But it's time to go."- Jeff Reboulet, on the ending of camp.

Pub Date: 3/29/98

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