Mets 16, Orioles 4

March 30, 2001|By Roch Kubatko

Rating the players

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Jorge Julio: Told that he's been reassigned, Julio has a nice parting shot.

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Delino DeShields: A single, walk and two stolen bases. On this day, he can't help but get noticed.

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Chuck McElroy: If there's a way to put a positive spin on this one, we can't find it.

John Bale: Doesn't exactly come to McElroy's rescue. See above.

Brian Roberts: Marks his likely farewell by hitting into a force and a double play, striking out and committing two errors, including a dropped throw at second in the fourth inning to compound McElroy's troubles.

Ryan Kohlmeier: Yet another pitcher who takes a beating.

The arms

McElroy gave up some soft hits and was hurt by a fourth-inning error by Roberts, but he did plenty wrong. He was charged with seven earned runs (eight total) and eight hits, walked six and struck out one in 3 1/3 innings. He faced 24 batters, with 15 reaching. Bale gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning, with Benny Agbayani crushing a three-run homer. Julio was perfect in the fifth. Groom allowed an unearned run in the sixth on Roberts' second error. Kohlmeier was charged with three runs in one-third of an inning, allowing three hits and walking two. B.J. Ryan and Jason Lakman stopped the bleeding.

The bats

The Orioles didn't score until the seventh, when Jeff Conine and Raymond Cabrera had run-scoring singles and Roberts produced another with a grounder. Jay Gibbons added a bases-empty homer in the ninth. McElroy lined a single off Al Leiter in the third inning. He proudly revealed it was a fastball.

The rest

Sidney Ponson makes his final spring start today against the New York Mets in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He'll be opposed by Kevin Appier, who signed as a free agent over the winter. ... Former Oriole Armando Benitez struck out the side in the fifth. ... The Orioles have lost four in a row.

The quote

"A lot of people think I won't be able to handle being a starter. I can handle it. I've prepared all winter for it and I'm looking forward to it. That outing today, those things happen." - McElroy.

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