Game in review

March 17, 2000|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 9-3 win over the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

UP -- Greg Myers: His noisiest day this spring.

DOWN -- Wayne Kirby: Goes 0-for-4 and gets picked off first base.

EVEN -- Albert Belle: Not always operating at full speed, but drives in two runs.

UP -- Cal Ripken: Had to get another hit sooner or later.

UP -- Buddy Groom: Doesn't give in to Garth.

The bats

They awoke after a three-hit snooze in Port Charlotte. The Orioles pounded out 15 hits, including three each by Myers and DeShields. Myers belted his first spring homer, cutting through a strong wind blowing in from right field. Belle went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Ripken and Derrick May also drove in two runs. Both of May's hits were doubles. Ripken broke an 0-for-13 streak. Jerry Hairston, Mike Bordick, Calvin Pickering and Rich Amaral each had one hit. Hairston is 8-for-17 this spring.

The arms

Sidney Ponson was fine once he settled down, allowing two runs and four hits in four innings. One of the hits was a two-run homer by Melvin Mora. Tim Worrell threw a scoreless inning and Groom blanked the Mets for two. He allowed one hit and struck out three. He also avoided walking Garth Brooks after falling behind 3-0. Mike Trombley gave up a run over two innings. He was perfect in the ninth.

The rest

B. J. Surhoff, Brady Anderson and Jeff Conine didn't make the trip because of injuries. Kirby was a late addition to the lineup, replacing Ponson, because the Mets decided they wanted to use a designated hitter to give Robin Ventura some additional at-bats. Pickering failed to turn a double play when he juggled the ball while cocking his arm to throw to second, and had to settle for the out at first.

Quote of the day

"The only time Greg Myers has talked to anybody all spring was today and it's Garth Brooks. He's gonna get a fine for that." -- manager Mike Hargrove

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