Game in review

March 23, 2000|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 4-0 loss to the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

DOWN - The bats: They must have been left in storage in Fort Lauderdale.

DOWN - Mike Bordick: Whiffed on a throw at second that should have begun a double play. Opened the door to four unearned runs.

DOWN - Jason Johnson: Must be able to pitch out of trouble sometimes. And keep time from standing still.

UP - Al Reyes: That's more like it. Something finally clicked.

UP - Brady Anderson: OK. It was only minor-league camp. At least he played and survived the experience.

UP - B. J. Surhoff: Time to break out the glove again.

UP - Jose Mercedes: Suddenly, he's being mentioned again for the rotation. Nice recovery.

The bats

The only base runner against left-hander Mike Hampton through five innings was Bordick, who walked in the fourth. He was thrown out trying to steal, keeping Hampton at the minimum number of batters faced until Hairston blooped a single to right with two out in the sixth. Surhoff singled in the seventh off reliever Rich Rodriguez. That was it.

The arms

Bordick's error meant all four runs off Johnson were unearned, absolving him of some of the blame -- but not all of it. He walked a batter and allowed a sacrifice fly, two-run double by Edgardo Alfonzo and run-scoring triple by Mike Piazza after the miscue. He walked four and struck out four in five innings. B. J. Ryan loaded the bases in the sixth without allowing a run.Tim Worrell turned in a perfect inning, lowering his ERA to 0.91.

The rest

Left-hander Chuck McElroy started in a Double-A game at the minor-league camp, allowing two hits and a run in three innings. He walked two, struck out three and threw 57 pitches. Another left-handed reliever, Buddy Groom, started in the Triple-A game. He allowed three hits in three shutout innings. Twenty-one of his 27 pitches were strikes. The second inning ended with Greg Myers throwing out Robin Ventura at second as Derek Bell struck out. Johnson picked off Melvin Mora after a leadoff walk in the fifth.

Quote of the day

"The way Mercedes is throwing right now, he's really making a big case for himself to be that No. 4 guy." -- Hargrove, on Mercedes' bid to join the rotation.

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