Game in review

March 16, 2000|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 2-0 loss to the Texas Rangers in Port Charlotte, Fla.

UP - Calvin Maduro: Looking more and more like the fifth starter.

UP - Jose Mercedes: Nothing wrong with pitching in relief. It's still the majors.

DOWN - Chuck McElroy: Allowed two hits and a run in the sixth.

DOWN - The wind: Had more knockdowns than Mike Tyson.

DOWN - Eddy Martinez: Got in the game long enough to commit an error at shortstop.

EVEN - Eugene Kingsale: Had the club's first hit and a base-running blunder.

The bats

What bats? They must have been left back in Fort Myers. The Orioles collected only three hits: a bunt single by Kingsale in the sixth, and singles by Harold Baines in the seventh and Jerry Hairston in the ninth. That was the only at-bat for Hairston, who now is 7-for-15 this spring. The Orioles were no-hit by left-hander Darren Oliver through 4 1/3 innings.

The arms

Maduro wasn't dominant, but he had enough guile to get through four innings with only one run allowed. In the process, he did nothing to hurt his chances to make the club as the No. 5 starter. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out three. Mercedes, B. J. Ryan and Mike Timlin tossed a scoreless inning each, but Chuck McElroy allowed a run in the sixth on consecutive doubles by Chad Curtis and Ivan Rodriguez.

The rest

Rodriguez drove in both Rangers runs. He also had an RBI single in the first inning after Curtis doubled to left. Maduro picked off leadoff hitter Royce Clayton after walking him in the first. The Orioles turned three double plays. Delino DeShields walked and stole a base in the fourth. Texas right fielder Gabe Kapler made a diving catch to rob Mike Bordick in the first. Kingsale was thrown out trying to advance from second to third on a grounder to short with one out in the sixth.

Quote of the day

"I try not to think about it, but I'm a human being. I'm thinking about it. I want to make this team." -- Maduro on the possibility of being the fifth starter.

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