O's game in review

April 02, 1999|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 2-0 victory over the Florida Marlins in Viera, Fla.

UP -- Cal Ripken: The last day in Florida brings his first home run.

UP -- Juan Guzman: If he's this good when the games count, clear space for the Cy Young.

UP -- B. J. Surhoff: Reaches base three times and steals second.

UP -- Doug Johns: Two scoreless innings in relief.

EVEN -- Jesse Garcia: Singles in his first at-bat, but gets picked off. Hey, he did play 13 innings the night before.

UP -- Rich Amaral: Has proved that he's healthy enough to start the season. Can he stay that way?

The bats

Finally, an extra-base hit, courtesy of Ripken's homer. Otherwise, the offensive production consisted of singles by Surhoff, Esteban Beltre, Lenny Webster, Chris Hoiles and Garcia. Of those five, only three left the infield. Hoiles drove in the second run by beating out a high chopper to short, though it took a wide throw to get him there safely. The Orioles were rationed to three hits in six innings by Florida starter Livan Hernandez, but they broke through against Archie Corbin in the seventh.

The arms

Guzman threw 85 pitches in six innings, and the Marlins couldn't do much with them. He allowed three hits, walked three and struck out five. Johns gave up a hit in two innings, striking out two. The Marlins rallied in the ninth against Arthur Rhodes, getting a hit and a walk, but the left-hander picked up his second save. He struck out one.

The rest

After playing 13 innings the night before, infielders Garcia and Mike Bordick made abbreviated appearances yesterday. Bordick was removed for a pinch runner in the fourth, and Garcia was replaced in the sixth. Garcia's third-inning single almost struck Hernandez on the right leg. Surhoff was thrown out at the plate in the fourth inning while trying to score on Garcia's bouncer to the mound. He argued the call briefly before walking to the dugout. Tim Hyers' double in the sixth was the first extra-base hit of the series in 19 innings. Johnny Isom pinch-ran for Albert Belle in the seventh and scored on Hoiles' infield hit.

Quotable

"It's been tough, but it's also probably been my most fun spring training. A lot of things you take for granted when you're healthy. You just go out on an everyday basis and you don't really think about what you're doing. I've put a lot of things in perspective and pretty much dealt with the problem that I have and I think it's made it a lot easier on me mentally. Just go out and have fun now. What I have, I didn't want to happen, but it did and now it's just the way you deal with it." -- Hoiles, who no longer can catch because of chronic soreness in his hip.

Pub Date: 4/02/99

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