Orioles 4, Mets 3

March 31, 2001|By Roch Kubatko

Rating the players


Calvin Maduro: No way this guy doesn't make the club.

Jeff Conine: Starts the game-winning rally while continuing to rank among the camp's most productive players.


Sidney Ponson: He'll enter the regular season with some momentum.

Mike Bordick: Gives the Orioles an early lead off Kevin Appier.

Cal Ripken: The best he's looked swinging the bat since returning to the field.


Mike Trombley: Spared the loss by a ninth-inning uprising.

The arms

Ponson gave up one run and six hits in five innings. He didn't issue a walk and struck out one. The only run off him came in the fifth on a single by Darryl Hamilton, who didn't make solid contact but still got an RBI. Maduro is practically untouchable these days. He allowed one hit in two scoreless innings to seemingly lock up a spot on the 11-man staff. Trombley gave up three straight hits to open the eighth, when the Mets scored twice to break a 1-1 tie. They added another hit off him later in the inning. Ryan Kohlmeier got the win despite allowing two hits in the ninth. He could use a clean inning.

The bats

The Orioles collected eight hits - one each from Conine, Bordick, Ripken, David Segui, Chris Richard, Brook Fordyce, Melvin Mora and Eugene Kingsale. Bordick hit his second home run, with one out in the first inning. Ripken got his second hit of the spring and added a sacrifice fly in the ninth that tied the game. Kingsale's single to right scored Richard with the winning run after Mets right fielder Jorge Toca overran the ball. Conine started the rally with a leadoff double before Segui walked and Richard singled.

The rest

Jason Johnson will start today for the Orioles in their final exhibition game in Atlanta. The Braves will counter with left-hander Odalis Perez. ... Catcher Brook Fordyce threw out Darryl Hamilton trying to steal to end the fifth inning. ... Shortstop Ed Rogers, who was added to the roster from the minor-league camp in Sarasota, Fla., made a throwing error in the eighth that contributed to the Mets' two-run rally off Trombley.

The quote

"The numbers say I'll probably make the team, but it's up to them. If they want to send me down, I'll walk out of this camp with my head high." - Maduro.

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