Orioles 9, Dodgers 5

March 25, 2001|By Roch Kubatko

Rating the players

****

Melvin Mora: Now ranks second behind Mike Kinkade with three homers.

Jeff Conine: Could have had four RBIs if not for a questionable scoring decision. Gladly settles for three.

Calvin Maduro: He refuses to go away.

***

Brook Fordyce: Two hits and an RBI.

**

John Bale: Fading from the picture. Lefties were hitting him hard, which isn't good.

*

Jorge Julio: Throwing hard not always enough. The ball was coming back at him even faster.

The arms

Bale went four innings in his first spring start, allowing two runs and six hits, walking none and striking out four. Consecutive two-out doubles by Shawn Green and Bruce Aven in the first inning gave the Dodgers a run, and another scored in the third on a two-out single by Aven. The Dodgers had at least one base runner every inning. Alan Mills, making his second appearance, retired the Dodgers in order in the fifth and showed better velocity than his first outing. Julio's chances of staying with the club dwindled when he allowed consecutive homers to Chris Donnels and Jeff Barry in the sixth - neither of them cheap - and a double to Green in the seventh. Maduro replaced him with two outs and retired four straight to enhance his chances of going north. Ryan Kohlmeier survived a gift triple in the ninth when right fielder Eugene Kingsale lost the ball in the sun and couldn't make the catch. Kohlmeier got the next three outs without a run scoring.

The bats

The Orioles pounded out 14 hits after getting only three against St. Louis the previous day. They scored six runs in the first inning while sending 10 batters to the plate. Mora had a run-scoring double and a homer in four at-bats. Conine doubled twice, singled and knocked in three runs. Brady Anderson and Mike Bordick had two hits each. Fordyce singled twice and had a sacrifice fly. Jerry Hairston doubled in a run, Kinkade had an RBI single and sacrifice fly and Chris Richard reached three times with a single, walk and hit-by-pitch.

The rest

Manager Mike Hargrove said he probably won't make any more cuts until Saturday's final exhibition game in Atlanta. ... Sidney Ponson travels to Jupiter, Fla., today to face the Montreal Expos, with left-hander B.J. Ryan, Mike Trombley and Chad Paronto available in the bullpen. Tony Armas will start for the Expos. ... The Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds will receive their South Atlantic League championship rings today at the Orioles' minor-league complex in Sarasota, Fla.

The quote

"Every start I make is in Jupiter. They should call it `Sidney Ponson Stadium' instead of `Roger Dean Stadium.' " - Ponson.

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