Game in review

March 06, 2000|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 7-5 victory over the Florida Marlins in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

UP -- Charles Johnson: Took a large chunk out of Florida's 5-1 lead.

DOWN -- Mike Mussina: Didn't make many bad pitches, but the results weren't good.

UP -- Albert Belle: Goes 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

UP -- Harold Baines: Blindfold this guy and he'll get two hits.

UP -- Ryan Minor: Doesn't seem fazed by the lack of a roster spot.

EVEN -- Delino DeShields: Offsets an error with two hits.

UP -- The bullpen: Hold those jokes. There's nothing funny about six scoreless innings.

The bats

Add 14 more hits to the Orioles' spring slate. Johnson hit a three-run homer with his club down 5-1 in the fourth, and Minor added a bases-empty shot in the seventh. Belle's RBI double in the fifth tied the game, and Baines followed with his second hit to move the Orioles in front. Johnson, DeShields, Belle and Brady Anderson had two hits each. Neither of Anderson's left the infield, and DeShields reached on a bunt single and stole a base. B. J. Surhoff, Cal Ripken and Eddy Martinez also had hits.

The arms

Only Mussina was scored upon, giving up five runs (four earned) and six hits in three innings. Despite allowing four hits in two innings, Tim Worrell did a better job of keeping the ball down. Al Reyes, Matt Ryan, B. J. Ryan and Mike Trombley each enjoyed a quiet inning. Only Reyes allowed a hit among the group. B. J. Ryan and Trombley each recorded a strikeout.

The rest

Anderson and Martinez were picked off first base. Surhoff made a sliding catch of a sinking liner from Cliff Floyd in the first inning that saved a run. DeShields bobbled a grounder, then threw wildly to first base, enabling the runner to take second base. But he was charged with only one error. Johnson threw out Amaury Garcia trying to steal in the fourth.

Quote of the day

"I was in full agreement with Sammy. I would have sent him, too. And he probably would have been out by 30 feet again." -- Manager Mike Hargrove, defending third base coach Sam Perlozzo's decision to wave home Baines in the second inning.

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