Orioles 10, Dodgers 6

March 03, 2002|By Roch Kubatko

The game

Jerry Hairston and Tony Batista homered off reliever Ricardo Rodriguez, and the Orioles took advantage of five Los Angeles errors, including an errant pickoff throw by reliever Lindsay Gulin with the bases loaded that scored two runs. Third baseman Adrian Beltre made two throwing errors in the same inning, and left fielder Marquis Grissom dropped a fly ball. Only five of the Orioles' runs were earned, and the Dodgers wasted 16 hits.

The arms

Josh Towers went two scoreless innings. A single and error in the first didn't hurt him, and he retired the side in the second. Rick Bauer replaced him and gave up a run-scoring triple to Grissom in the fourth. He allowed four hits and walked one. Buddy Groom blanked the Dodgers in the fifth after surrendering a hit. Steve Bechler gave up a mammoth two-run homer to Phil Hiatt, and the Dodgers reached left-hander John Bale for another run. Former Oriole Mike Kinkade homered off John Parrish in the ninth, and Hiatt added a run-scoring single.

The bats

Hairston's homer opened the third inning. He also walked and stole a base. Batista's two-run shot was aided by a strong wind blowing to left. Batista also walked and stole two bases. Brook Fordyce added a two-run double in the fifth for a 9-1 lead. Darryl Brinkley's single in the eighth scored the Orioles' last run. Jay Gibbons' ground ball brought home the first run.

Injury update

Melvin Mora swung a bat for the first time yesterday since breaking the ring finger on his left hand in January and could play in the next four or five days. ... Manager Mike Hargrove said it's unlikely that Luis Rivera, who arrived in camp with shoulder tendinitis, will pitch in any games this spring. He remains on a throwing program. ... Brian Roberts (elbow), Howie Clark (quadriceps) and pitcher Rodrigo Lopez (ankle) were unavailable yesterday.

The number

9 -- Former Orioles on the Dodgers' spring training roster, including first base coach John Shelby.

The quote

"I have no idea what happened. I thought I went out and played hard for them and did my best, but that's the way things go." -- Kinkade, who's in the Dodgers' camp after being taken off the Orioles' 40-man roster after the 2001 season.

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