Game in review

March 27, 2000|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 8-4 loss to the Montreal Expos in Jupiter, Fla.

DOWN - Sidney Ponson: Says he feels good physically. His numbers, however, remain sickly.

UP - Will Clark: Hits his first spring homer.

DOWN - Full squad: The Orioles do better when they're halved and put in separate ballparks.

DOWN - Mike Trombley: Serves up a homer in the seventh.

UP - Jeff Conine: One at-bat produces a two-run homer.

EVEN - Wayne Kirby: Two hits, but also tags Trombley with an unearned run.

The bats

The Orioles collected 10 hits, but again they weren't enough. Kirby and catcher Willie Morales each had two. Clark and Conine went deep, with Conine driving in the last two Orioles runs in the eighth inning. Delino DeShields stroked an RBI single in the third. Jerry Hairston, inserted into the game late, singled in the ninth inning. B.J. Surhoff and Albert Belle accounted for the other hits. The Orioles stranded nine runners.

The arms

The good news: Ponson became the first Oriole to go six innings. The bad: He allowed six runs and 11 hits, and also threw a wild pitch and hit a batter. Trombley gave up a home run to Peter Bergeron in the seventh, and the Expos added an unearned run in the inning on Kirby's error. Closer Mike Timlin continued his impressive spring with a perfect eighth, lowering his ERA to 0.82.

The rest

Trombley has given up three homers in 11 innings. Conine played in the field for the third time since March 8. He replaced Clark at first base. Cal Ripken, batting .152, didn't make the trip. Jason Johnson starts for the Orioles today against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla.

Quote of the day

"I'll come in and close. I don't think he [manager Mike Hargrove] wants me to do that, though." -- Hairston, on his willingness to play anywhere.

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