Cards 9, O's 8 in 10

Rating the players

March 08, 2001|By Roch Kubatko

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Steve Sisco: His first at-bat, in the eighth inning, produces a game-tying two-run homer. Not a cheapie, either. Then he delivers the go-ahead run with double in the ninth.

Mike Kinkade: His first at-bat, in the eighth inning, produces a two-run homer and a brief lead. Makes Sisco's blast look like a wind-blown pop-up.

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Jose Mercedes: First starter to go four innings, Mercedes allows only one run for the second time this spring.

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John Parrish: The plate continues to move around on the promising left-hander.

Ryan Kohlmeier: Coughs up a two-run lead in the eighth. Never too early to start counting those blown saves.

Leslie Brea: Coughs up two-run lead in the ninth. See: Kohlmeier.

The arms

Mercedes gave up singles to the first two batters he faced before Jim Edmonds hit into a double play to give the Cardinals their first run. The only other Cardinals to reach against him were Mike Matheny on a two-out double in the second and Stubby Clapp on a one-out single in the third. Mercedes didn't walk a batter and struck out four, including Mark McGwire to open the fourth. He's allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. Parrish was yanked after 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and two hits, and walking three. One of the runs came when left fielder Jay Gibbons and center fielder Melvin Mora allowed a ball to fall between them for a gift single. Jorge Julio allowed an inherited runner to score on Matheny's single in the sixth, and gave up one of his own in the seventh. Kohlmeier allowed a game-tying, two-run bloop single to Quinton McCracken in the eighth, the third hit off him. Brea walked four in 1 2/3 innings and allowed a game-tying two-run double by Luis Saturria in the ninth. The winning run was charged to him in the 10th when Placido Polanco singled off Rick Huisman. Mora took a bad angle on the ball and couldn't reach it.

The bats

The Orioles had three homers through five games before getting two yesterday. Sisco drilled a Dave Veres pitch in the eighth inning for a game-tying two-run homer to left field. The ball crashed off the Expos' clubhouse. Kinkade stepped up later in the inning and reached Jose Rodriguez for a two-run homer - his second of the spring to lead the club. Sisco chopped a double into left field in the ninth that scored Mora with the go-ahead run. Mora's afternoon included a double and single. Greg Myers and Jerry Hairston opened the third inning with singles, and Mercedes reached on an error before Brady Anderson hit into an double play that scored the Orioles' first run. The Orioles' best offense was the Cardinals' defense. They made five errors, the last one on a sharp grounder by Jay Gibbons in the ninth that produced the Orioles' final run.

The rest

Third baseman Ivanon Coffie was hit on the right hand by Dustin Hermanson in the second inning, but remained in the game and made a diving stop along the line to rob McGwire of an RBI in the sixth. ... Nonroster catcher Adan Amezcua received his first at-bat yesterday and was called out on batter's interference with Hairston attempting to steal. ... Manager Mike Hargrove said the club won't need to bring an extra outfielder into camp despite being without Luis Matos for an indefinite period. ... Jason Johnson, Parrish, Kohlmeier and Jorge Julio will pitch tonight against the New York Mets.

The quote

"Let's not make more of this than there is," Hargrove, when asked about pitcher Jim Bullinger's tryout.

Because of computer problems, the Orioles box score was not available for this edition.

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