Mets 7, Orioles 5

March 04, 2002|By Peter Schmuck

The game

The New York Mets scored four runs off rookie pitcher Matt Riley in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 7-5 exhibition victory over the Orioles yesterday at Thomas J. White Stadium in Port St. Lucie.

The arms

Right-hander Scott Erickson looked strong and comfortable in his first competitive appearance since elbow reconstruction surgery in 2000. He pitched three innings and gave up two runs on five hits, but threw the ball well. His fastball topped out at 93 mph on the scouts' radar guns behind home plate. Calvin Maduro delivered a solid exhibition debut -- giving up one run on one hit over three innings -- and Jay Spurgeon pitched a scoreless inning of relief, but Riley gave up four runs (three earned) on three hits in the pivotal eighth inning.

The bats

Right fielder Jay Gibbons was robbed of a home run by the stiff wind in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, but came back to crank his first exhibition home run of 2002 in the fourth inning. First baseman David Segui had two hits and drove in two runs, and newcomer Chad Allen contributed a pair of singles in the Orioles' nine-hit effort.

Injury update

Infielder Brian Roberts will be sidelined at least four more days with a hyperextended right elbow. Infielder Howie Clark is resting a strained quadriceps (thigh).

The number

4 -- number of players hit by pitches in yesterday's game.

The quote

"I'm not worried about a thing. As far as I'm concerned, there was no surgery. I just wasted two years." -- Scott Erickson.

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