Game In Review

March 19, 2000|By ROCH KUBATKO

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

UP -- Pat Rapp: Making a strong argument for being the No. 3 starter.

EVEN -- Albert Belle: In a little give and take, he homers and commits a three-base error.

DOWN -- Lance Barksdale: Third base ump needs to recognize a fair ball when he sees one. Costs Belle a double.

UP -- Harold Baines: Goes from first to third on a single to shallow right. How often do you see that?

DOWN -- Tim Worrell: Doesn't pitch poorly, but kisses his scoreless innings streak goodbye.

UP -- Mike Trombley: Gaining his second victory, he strikes out two while retiring the side in the eighth.

UP -- Cal Ripken: Goes 2-for-3 and avoids being decapitated by a hard smash to third.

The bats

The Orioles had eight hits, only the sixth time in 16 games they haven't reached double figures. One of the most timely ones came in the eighth when Jerry Hairston poked a hit-and-run single to left after Eugene Kingsale led off by beating out a high chopper. Jesus Garcia's grounder to short scored Hairston with the go-ahead run. Belle launched a homer that struck the backstop on one of the practice fields beyond the left-field fence. He also singled to center in the seventh. Mike Bordick went 1-for-2, raising his average to .387. Ripken had two hits to reach .200. Baines was 1-for-2, and is hitting .333.

The arms

Rapp retired the first nine batters he faced. He came within an out of posting four shutout innings, but a double to right by Midre Cummings ruined it. Rapp walked two batters in the fourth as he began to tire, but had enough left in the tank to leave the bases loaded. The only run off him was unearned. He allowed just one hit and struck out three. Tim Worrell allowed three hits and a run in the fifth before retiring the side in the sixth. Gabe Molina, Trombley and Mike Timlin each posted a scoreless inning.

The rest

Worrell hadn't allowed a run in his first seven innings. Hairston made a diving stop to his left to retire Twins leadoff hitter Jacques Jones in the first inning. Belle's error came in the fourth when he misplayed a liner by Jones, with the ball glancing off his glove and rolling to the fence. Kingsale was tagged out in a rundown between first and second after breaking too soon in the third inning. Baines struck out for the first time in 24 at-bats. Mike Mussina faces Boston Cy Young winner Pedro Martinez today in Fort Lauderdale. The game is sold out.

Quote of the day

"He did well. He showed me an infielder's arm on that throw to home but that's to be expected." -- manager Mike Hargrove on Delino DeShields, who started again in center field.

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