Game in review

March 18, 2000|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 13-8 loss to the Texas Rangers in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

DOWN - Al Reyes: Needs to get his act together. And quickly.

UP - Delino DeShields: Put him in the outfield and he hits like an outfielder.

UP - Jose Mercedes: Can't touch him.

DOWN - B. J. Ryan: Another ninth-inning implosion.

UP - Mike Bordick -- Two hits from the two hole, including his second homer.

UP - Jerry Hairston: Forget the error. He's having a tremendous spring.

The bats

Eight runs and 11 hits should be enough. Hairston, DeShields and Bordick each had two hits. DeShields homered twice and drove in four runs. Hairston and Bordick also went deep. Wayne Kirby singled and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Jeff Conine reached on an infield hit, took second on an error and scored on a wild pitch.

The arms

Jason Johnson turned in his best effort of the spring, though he allowed three runs and six hits in four innings. At least he got through the fourth unscathed after giving up single runs in each of the first three innings. He's still falling behind hitters way too much. Mercedes increased his scoreless innings streak to 11 by blanking the Rangers in the fifth and sixth. He walked the bases loaded in the fifth, but did not allow a run. Five of the six runs off Reyes in the seventh were unearned because of Hairston's error, but he gave up two homers, including a grand slam to Kelly Dransfeldt. Chuck McElroy tossed a scoreless inning before Ryan gave up four runs and five hits in the ninth. He also threw away a sacrifice bunt.

The rest

Will Clark missed his fourth straight game because of the flu but is expected to return today. The Orioles committed four errors. Cal Ripken went 0-for-3 to lower his average to .148.

Quote of the day

"I like being on the field with Jerry [Hairston]. If they can find a way " -- DeShields.

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