Game in review

March 29, 2000|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 10-9 win over a Minnesota Twins split squad in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

DOWN -- Jason Johnson: Farmed out and fuming.

UP -- Brady Anderson: Makes big splash in his return to the lineup, easing some concerns about his availability on Opening Day.

DOWN -- Pat Rapp: Not the numbers the club wants to see from its No. 3 starter.

UP -- Calvin Pickering: Goes down swinging.

UP -- B. J. Surhoff: Reaches base three times. Reaches the bleachers once.

DOWN -- Gabe Molina: Gives up two homers in the seventh to squander a three-run lead. Not the way he wanted to go out.

DOWN -- B. J. Ryan: Should avoid the ninth inning like the plague.

The bats

They rescued the Orioles from another loss. Jerry Hairston opened the ninth inning with a single to center and came around on Pickering's first-pitch homer to left.Anderson, playing his first game since March 10, went 2-for-3 with two walks, three RBIs and two runs scored. He homered in the first and added a two-run single in the fifth. Surhoff also had two hits, including a homer. DeShields had an RBI triple that tested Anderson's ability to get around the bases. Cal Ripken stroked a run-scoring double. The ninth-inning rally pushed the Orioles' hit total to 10.

The arms

Rapp allowed five runs and 11 hits in six innings. At least he didn't walk anyone. Molina was rocked in the seventh after being brought in to protect an 8-5 lead. Mike Trombley turned in a scoreless eighth, and Ryan picked up a cheap win after serving up Corey Koskie's second homer to give the Twins a 9-8 lead. They reached Orioles pitching for 15 hits.

The rest

Hairston played third base in the sixth inning before moving to second in the eighth. It was the first time this spring that Hairston had been at the hot corner. Matt Carnes, who took the loss for Minnesota, threw two pitches near Hairston's head in the ninth. Hairston responded by lining a single up the middle and scoring on Pickering's homer. The Orioles had lost for seven consecutive days until breaking the streak yesterday. They split two games on Saturday.

Quote of the day

"He's fairly upset. I don't blame him. I'd be upset, too. I don't know that he saw this coming." -- Manager Mike Hargrove on Jason Johnson, who was optioned to Triple-A Rochester yesterday.

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