Game in review

March 04, 2000|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 6-4 victory over a Cincinnati Reds split squad in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.:

UP - Calvin Maduro: Two scoreless innings and the early lead in the race for the fifth starter's job.

UP - Mike Timlin: Every bit as effective as Maduro in same number of innings.

UP - Harold Baines: Homers on the first pitch thrown to him this spring.

DOWN - Buddy Groom: Gets roughed up in his debut.

UP - Jeff Conine: His two-run single gives Orioles the lead for good.

DOWN - Mike Trombley: Got the win, but only after giving up the lead.

UP - Wady Almonte: Ties the game with an RBI single in the seventh.

The bats

The Orioles spread the wealth, getting 10 hits from 10 batters. Conine drove in two runs to decide the outcome. Baines wasted no time getting into midseason form. Brady Anderson delivered the Orioles' second run with an RBI single in the third. His replacement, Wayne Kirby, singled to lead off the seventh, stole second and scored on Almonte's single. Ryan Minor, B. J. Surhoff, Cal Ripken, Mike Bordick and Willie Morales also had hits. Minor's was a double.

The arms

They went from good to bad. Maduro and Timlin each allowed just one hit and struck out two. Groom was rocked over two innings, giving up two runs and three hits and walking one. Trombley, another free-agent acquisition, allowed a homer on his first pitch. Tim Worrell put two runners on but didn't permit a run. Al Reyes also struggled, allowing three hits and a run in the ninth on a homer by Mike Bell, but left-hander Radhames Dykhoff recorded the final out for the save.

The rest

Ken Griffey didn't make the trip. He stayed back in Sarasota with most of Cincinnati's regulars. Ripken and Minor made splendid plays at third. Ripken leaped high to pull down a chopper by Chris Stynes and throw him out at first. The Orioles stole four bases, courtesy of Bordick, Kirby, Almonte and Rich Amaral. Neither team committed an error. The Reds also had 10 hits.

Quote of the day

"I don't want to get a spot because somebody is hurt. I want to earn it." -- Maduro.

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