Orioles 4, Mets 1

Rating the players

March 09, 2001|By Roch Kubatko


Jason Johnson: No runs allowed in seven spring innings. Looking like the pitcher the Orioles envisioned.

Jeff Conine: What's with this guy and triples? Two in the past three games.

Willis Roberts: Tries his best not to be outdone by Johnson.


David Segui: Run-scoring double the plus. A throwing error the negative.

Calvin Maduro: Two base runners in the ninth isn't good, but kudos for striking out Robin Ventura with both runners in scoring position.


Defense: The spring's first dud. Four errors in the first six innings.

The arms

Johnson limited the Mets to four hits over four scoreless innings. He was aided by the defense in the second inning when Jerry Hairston took a throw from Melvin Mora and cut down Ray Montgomery at the plate. Roberts added two scoreless innings. Two of the Orioles' four errors came in the sixth, but Roberts maintained his composure and got the last out. Chad Paronto gave up a run in the seventh on a double by Darren Bragg. Maduro allowed a single and walk in the ninth before striking out Bragg looking and Ventura swinging to get the save.

The bats

Conine stroked a bases-loaded triple in the second to give the Orioles a 4-0 lead. Mike Bordick had singled with one out, and consecutive walks to Segui and Chris Richard brought Mark Leiter into the game. Conine made him wish he had stayed in the bullpen. Segui's run-scoring double in the first gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Jay Gibbons registered his daily hit.

The rest

Chuck McElroy will make his second start for the Orioles today against the Los Angeles Dodgers, followed by John Bale, Juan Figueroa, B.J. Ryan and Rick Huisman. ... Mets general manager Steve Phillips said his club is out of the running for disgruntled outfielder Gary Sheffield, who has demanded a trade from the Dodgers. ... Mets catcher Mike Piazza was scratched from the lineup because of a swollen right knee. ... Former Orioles outfielder Tony Tarasco, who has been playing in Japan, signed a minor-league contract with the Mets.

The quote

"Three, five, 10. I don't know. I can think of five off the top of my head." - manager Mike Hargrove, on how many players he expects to remove from camp on Monday, the first day of cuts.

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