Orioles 11, Marlins 4

March 13, 2001|By Roch Kubatko

Rating the players

****

Delino DeShields: Bases-loaded double highlights a fourth-inning uprising. He also singled and advanced a runner with a deep fly ball.

Jerry Hairston: Walks twice before rapping a two-run double. Drives in three for the night and steals one from Marlins with a defensive gem.

***

Brook Fordyce: With the catcher he replaced, Charles Johnson, in the house, Fordyce singles twice and drives in two runs.

Chris Richard: Two hits and a walk. He's heating up.

**

Jason Johnson: Gives the Orioles three shutout innings. Too bad he was out there for four.

Willis Roberts: For the number of base runners he allowed, it could have been worse.

The arms

Johnson was limited to four innings because of a high pitch count. He gave up three runs in the second on three singles, a hit batter and two wild pitches. He was spared another run in the fourth when second baseman Hairston made a diving stop with two outs to rob Luis Castillo and strand two runners. Johnson allowed six hits. B. J. Ryan recovered from last week's blown save to enjoy a 1-2-3 fifth. Roberts gave up one unearned run in two innings, but looked shaky while allowing two hits and walking two. Buddy Groom tossed a scoreless eighth in his second spring outing, and Ryan Kohlmeier had a perfect ninth.

The bats

The Orioles sent 12 batters to the plate in the fourth and scored seven times to erase a 3-0 deficit. Marlins starter Ryan Dempster hit two batters, including Brady Anderson with the bases loaded. Fordyce had a two-run single, Hairston walked with the bases loaded, and DeShields cleared them with his double to center. DeShields raced home from third as Mike Kinkade swiped second. Kinkade had singled to open the inning. Richard singled and walked in the inning. Hairston had a two-run double in the seventh.

The rest

Pat Hentgen will start today's game against the Marlins. Chuck McElroy, John Bale, Chad Paronto, Mike Trombley, Calvin Maduro and Rick Huisman also are available. The Marlins will start Vladimir Nunez. ... Andrew Stetka, 12, the son of Orioles public relations director Bill Stetka, sang the national anthem before the game. Andrew, who never had performed the song, is a sixth-grader at Bel Air Middle School. ... Johnson, who signed with the Marlins during the winter, received a long ovation before his first at-bat in the second inning. He responded with a single into center field.

The quote

"He throws with such little effort. People go, `Is he really throwing that hard?' The [radar] gun says 95 [mph]. Yeah, he's throwing that hard." - Vice president of baseball operations Syd Thrift on 22-year-old pitcher Jorge Julio, who will be converted into a closer this season.

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