Game in review

March 31, 2000|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla.

DOWN -- Florida: Games lost. Starting pitchers lost. Position players banged up. Good riddance.

DOWN -- Jose Mercedes: Not encouraging.

DOWN -- Calvin Maduro: See above.

UP -- Willie Morales: Reaches base twice and gets noticed by the manager.

UP -- Delino DeShields: Made sure there wouldn't be a shutout.

UP -- Wayne Kirby: Triples and scores in his only at-bat. Will make for a good story in Rochester.

The bats

Maybe they'll show up in Atlanta. They were missing yesterday, as the Orioles managed only three hits. Kirby tripled in the eighth and scored on DeShields' single. Brady Anderson doubled in the third for the other hit. The Orioles couldn't take advantage of Alan Benes' wildness. Benes walked three of the nine batters he faced without allowing a run.

The arms

Mercedes, who will be the club's fifth starter on April 9, waited this long to turn in a clunker. He gave up as many earned runs in the first inning as he had in the previous 17. In three innings, he gave up six hits, walked one and struck out four. Included in the damage was a two-run homer by Mark McGwire. Maduro, the No. 4 starter, also served up a home run, to Ray Lankford, during his two innings. The Cardinals reached him for four hits. B.J. Ryan and Mike Trombley plowed through their respective innings, but Al Reyes loaded the bases in the eighth on two singles and a walk before getting a double play.

The rest

DeShields walked in the first but was thrown out trying to steal. Belle went 0-for-3, leaving his average at .250. He also committed his third error while chasing a double by Placido Polanco. Will Clark also was hitless in three at-bats, lowering his average to .214. Kirby's triple gave him three extra-base hits in 43 at-bats.

Quote of the day

"I'm ready to get out of Florida. I think that's kind of the way we played." -- Manager Mike Hargrove.

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