Game in review

March 11, 2000|By Joe Strauss

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 2-1 win over the Florida Marlins in Viera, Fla.

UP - Calvin Maduro: Climbed back into fifth-starter competition with two tidy innings.

UP - Cal Ripken: Gets off the trainer's table to line a second-inning single.

DOWN - Viera: From Fort Lauderdale, it's spring's most brutal three-hour tour.

UP- Will Clark: Began a 3-6-1 double play and broke open a scoreless game with a seventh-inning single.

UP - Ed-die!: Murray's still got hands. Barehanded grab and well-received toss into stands showed he's still at home at first base.

DOWN - Brady Anderson: An 0-for-4 dumped Anderson to .182. Still feeling his way.

The bats

The Orioles hardly worried about working counts as they repeatedly hacked at anything close -- a veteran move given today's afternoon game in Lakeland. Singles by Ripken and Greg Myers were the only balls to leave the infield against Marlins starter Ryan Dempster. The Orioles were held without an extra-base hit for the first time this spring. A two-run seventh inning was helped by two Marlins errors.

The arms

Maduro made his third two-inning appearance of spring. He still hasn't begun throwing a curve but last night had mastery of his changeup. The result was a 22-pitch effort that closed any gap between himself and Jose Mercedes. B. J. Ryan was impressive in relief, striking out three in two innings. Tim Worrell extended the night's efficient theme, cruising through two perfect innings. Maduro's next appearance is expected to be a four-inning stint.

The rest

Stiff-necked Ripken was among those excused from today's game. With an opposite-field ground single to lead off the seventh, left fielder B. J. Surhoff hit safely for the sixth time in seven games. Ripken laid out to his left on a seventh-inning chop that he deflected and Eddy Martinez retrieved for an out. Clark lost an RBI in the seventh when his hit fell under an outfielder for what was judged a single and an error.

Quote of the day

"If I pitch like this every time, I will take it." -- Maduro, after allowing one hit while facing the minimum six hitters in two innings.

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