Game in review

March 22, 2000|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 10-6, 10-inning loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Sidney Ponson: - DOWN - Serves up home runs to Ray Lankford and Mark McGwire. Estimated combined distance: Mars.

Jose Mercedes: - DOWN - His scoreless innings streak goes up in a mushroom cloud.

Jesus Garcia: - DOWN - Errant throw in 10th costs the Orioles a forceout at home and breaks a 6-6 tie.

Delino DeShields: - EVEN - Contributes a two-run double, but also drops a throw and fails to grab a bouncer within reach.

Cal Ripken: - DOWN - Goes 0-for-3 and leaves 'em loaded in the third.

Willie Morales: - UP - Survives another round of cuts and celebrates with three-run homer.

Radhames Dykhoff: - UP - Inherits a mess and cleans it up.

The bats

Charles Johnson and Will Clark each had two hits, with Johnson driving in the Orioles' first run with a third-inning double. DeShields just missed a grand slam, settling for a two-run double in the third. Morales tied the game in the eighth with a three-run blast off Gene Stechschulte. Mike Bordick, Jeff Conine and Ryan Minor also had hits.

The arms

Ponson gave up seven hits and four earned runs in five innings. He also walked two and struck out four. At least he says his arm feels good. Gabe Molina allowed a run and three hits in two innings. Mercedes hadn't allowed a run in 13 innings until being ambushed in the 10th. Three of the four runs off him were earned in two-plus innings. He also gave up seven hits and threw 44 pitches. Dykhoff ended the madness after coming in with the bases loaded and none out.

The rest

Former Oriole Eric Davis, playing for the first time this spring after having surgery on his left rotator cuff last year, went 1-for-5 with an RBI. Another former Oriole, left-hander Jesse Orosco, pitched a scoreless fourth inning. DeShields' error in the fifth came when he tried to barehand a flip from shortstop Bordick at second base.

Quote of the day

"Pick made a decision. He decided not to do anything." -- Manager Mike Hargrove on Calvin Pickering, who failed to cover first base on a 10th-inning bunt.

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