Game in review

March 14, 2000|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.:

UP - Matt Riley: The phenom has surfaced.

DOWN - Wayne Kirby: Went 0-for-4 and had misadventures in center field.

UP - Harold Baines: Used his sweet swing to reach the right-field bleachers in the fourth inning.

UP - Rich Amaral: Practically anointed the fourth outfielder by manager Mike Hargrove.

EVEN - Derrick May: His home run won't be enough to change Hargrove's mind.

DOWN - Rafael Pina: Not long until he's catching some rays in Sarasota.

DOWN - B. J. Ryan: The ninth inning hasn't been kind to the young left-hander.

The bats

The Orioles mustered only five hits, including home runs by Baines and May and a double by Delino DeShields. Amaral went 1-for-2 with a stolen base, and Albert Belle stroked a two-run single in the first inning off Dodgers starter Kevin Brown. The Orioles collected four of their hits off Brown during his four-inning stint, but after that were rationed to May's game-tying homer in the eighth.

The arms

Pitching for the first time since March 6, Pat Rapp allowed two runs in three innings. Both scored in the second on a two-out double by Kevin Elster. Riley walked one and struck out one in his two innings. Pina struggled in the sixth, allowing two earned runs. Tim Worrell and Chuck McElroy each threw a scoreless inning, but Ryan allowed a ninth-inning run and absorbed his second loss.

The rest

Dodgers second baseman Mark Grudzielanek made a leaping catch in the first inning to rob Amaral. Los Angeles committed both of its errors in the first. Belle had all three putouts in the third inning. Jerry Hairston made his first appearance since March 7 when he ran for Baines in the sixth. Yesterday's win raised the Dodgers' record to 2-11.

Quote of the day

"I'd be real surprised if anyone took Rich Amaral's job." -- Hargrove.

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