Game in review

March 24, 2000

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 7-1 loss to the Montreal Expos in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

UP - Harold Baines: Not even a strong wind could diffuse his fourth-inning bomb.

EQUAL - Delino DeShields: Three hits, two plays he should have made.

DOWN - Cal Ripken: 0-for-3 and lucky to escape an error. The average has sunk to .154.

DOWN - Javier de la Hoya: Pitched batting practice -- in the seventh inning.

DOWN - Mike Bordick: His 0-for-3 included a strikeout and double play.

UP - Vladimir Guerrero: Makes the Expos worth watching.

The bats

They still haven't heated up. After collecting only two hits in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday, the Orioles were rationed to five yesterday, including a homer by Baines that cleared the bleachers in right field. DeShields doubled twice and singled, raising his average to .325 (14-for-43). B. J. Surhoff provided the other hit with a sixth-inning double.

The arms

Pat Rapp went five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) and five hits. He didn't get much support behind him, and two of the hits didn't leave the infield. Rapp said the wind affected his curveball, and he didn't have much cut on his fastball. He served up a two-run homer to Guerrero in the first on a shoulder-high fastball that was driven to the opposite field. Gabe Molina buckled down in the sixth after allowing a leadoff double. De la Hoya took a beating in the seventh, giving up a two-run homer to Rondell White and a bases-empty shot to Guerrero. Radhames Dykhoff and Rafael Pina each threw a scoreless inning.

The rest

Rapp will make one more exhibition start, then pitch at the minor-league camp in Sarasota, Fla. on April 2. Will Clark had an exceptional game defensively, once lunging to his right to field a smash by Jose Vidro and flipping to first. Guerrero drove in five runs.

Quote of the day

"I'd like to see `Bop' be a little more sure-handed to his backhand. That's something we can work on. If that's the only war he's got, then we're in good shape." -- Manager Mike Hargrove on DeShields, who was charged with an error yesterday and failed to come up with another ball hit to his right.

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