O's game in review

April 01, 1999|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 2-2, 13-inning tie with the Florida Marlins in Viera, Fla.

UP -- Cal Ripken: Somehow, he managed to treat the day like any other.

UP -- Mike Mussina: Two unearned runs in his longest outing this spring.

UP -- Brady Anderson: Nothing like having a leadoff hitter whose average is above .300 -- and climbing.

UP -- Jesse Garcia: The kid won't let up.

UP -- Jason Johnson: Six up, six down. Way to make an impression.

The bats

Garcia went 3-for-5, raising his average from .212 to .263. Anderson had two hits and is batting .328. Bordick also singled twice to leave his average at .370. Ripken, Rich Amaral and Tommy Davis singled, as none of the Orioles' 10 hits went for extra bases.

The arms

After being limited to 1 1/3 innings in his last start because of a rain delay in Vero Beach, Mussina went six innings for the first time this spring. He allowed two runs, none earned, and six hits, walking one and striking out six. He threw 80 pitches. Johnson made his Orioles debut and retired all six batters, getting five fly balls and a strikeout. Mike Timlin kept the game tied with a scoreless ninth, and Mike Fetters sent it deeper into extra innings by getting out of the 10th after allowing a walk and an infield hit. David Evans threw two shutout innings, permitting one hit and walking one, and Heathcliff Slocumb retired the side in the 13th.

The rest

Bordick and Garcia were the only Orioles to play all 13 innings. Manager Ray Miller used three first basemen and three left fielders. Ripken, who signed autographs for about 15 minutes before the game, continued after being removed in the seventh inning. On the left-field warning track, he signed for about an hour while the game was in progress, then slapped hands with some fans as he trotted to the dugout to a loud ovation. Esteban Beltre caught a liner at third base in the 12th inning, but threw past first trying to double up Kevin Millar. Marlins shortstop Dave Berg made a sliding stop in the hole and threw to second to force Amaral on a close play in the eighth. Miller came out of the dugout to question the call.

Quote of the day

"I'm excited as heck. I told him to take it easy and he tries to stretch a single into a double. I just hope he can walk tomorrow." -- Miller on Amaral, who is recovering from a strained lower back.

Pub Date: 4/01/99

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