Cards 8, Orioles 1 Rating the players *** Jay...

March 24, 2001

Cards 8, Orioles 1

Rating the players

***

Jay Gibbons: Gets his third double of the spring and runs down a pop-up near the stands beside the Cardinals' dugout, a difficult play that shows he's not all thumbs in the field.

Greg Myers: Reaches base twice, including a walk. Compared with the other Orioles, he was on fire.

***

Brady Anderson: Goes 0-for-3 and takes a hard spill in left field, but also throws out a runner trying to advance to second.

Chad Paronto: Retires the first five batters he faces before running into trouble.

*

Pat Hentgen: Seven runs, 12 hits. What else needs to be said?

Melvin Mora: Doesn't get the ball out of the infield on three tries and almost gets hit on the foot by a pitch. At least he would have reached base.

The arms

Hentgen wasn't fooling anyone yesterday. His first pitch of the game hit Fernando Vina, which set a disturbing tone. He gave up one run in the first inning, and two each in the fourth, fifth and sixth. Two doubles in the sixth were well-placed, with the ball eluding the diving attempts of left fielder Anderson and center fielder Mora. But there were plenty of clean hits, too, during Hentgen's six innings. He gave up three straight hits to open the fourth, and four in a row with one out in the fifth. The Cardinals were retired in order only once, in the third. Paronto struck out his first two batters and retired five straight before allowing two hits and a run in the eighth.

The bats

They were kept in storage, with the Orioles collecting only three hits. Myers led off the third with a single and Gibbons opened the fifth with an opposite-field double. Myers also walked, which was the extent of the damage off Cardinals starter Darryl Kile, who went six innings for the first time this spring. The Orioles scored their only run in the ninth, off Dave Veres. Mike Kinkade was hit by a pitch, Brian Roberts singled and Eugene Kingsale produced his third RBI on a fielder's choice. The Orioles were batting .288 going into the game. Not anymore.

The rest

Left-hander John Bale will make his first spring start today against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Fort Lauderdale. He has made five relief appearances, going 1-0 with a 4.66 ERA in 9 2/3 innings, with six walks and five strikeouts. Calvin Maduro, Alan Mills, Ryan Kohlmeier and Jorge Julio also are available. The Dodgers will start Chan Ho Park. ... Anderson threw out Stubby Clapp trying to stretch a run-scoring single into a double in the sixth inning. ... The West Palm Beach 11-12 team that won the Cal Ripken Division of the Babe Ruth League World Series was honored before the game. The players and coaches presented Ripken with a commemorative bat with their names engraved.

The quote

"I was terrible. I don't know what more you can say beyond that. Nothing really worked." - Hentgen.- Compiled by Roch Kubatko

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