Cardinals 5, Orioles 3

March 07, 2002|By Roch Kubatko

The game

Completed in a light rain, it included a triple play started by Orioles pitcher Sean Douglass. After allowing Mike Matheny's bunt to drop in front of him with runners at first and second - the infield-fly rule wasn't in effect - Douglass fired to third baseman Tony Batista for the force. Batista went to second for the next out, and the relay completed one of sports' rarest feats. The Orioles led 3-2 in the seventh before St. Louis scored three runs. They stranded two in the seventh and two more in the eighth.

The arms

Josh Towers allowed one run in three innings, which would look much better without the five hits. Douglass, who was skipped Tuesday because of an illness, turned in two scoreless innings. B.J. Ryan was tagged with the loss after allowing one run in the sixth and three in the seventh, though Jose Leon's error was critical. Buddy Groom tossed a scoreless eighth and Willis Roberts struck out two during the ninth.

The bats

A triple play is rare, but a Jay Gibbons triple isn't far behind. He drove in a run in the third inning with a fly ball into right-center field that got past the Cardinals' William Ortega, who slipped on his initial step. David Segui scored on the play after his two-run double. He added another double later in the game. Jerry Hairston singled twice and stole a base.

Injury update

Pitcher John Parrish will need surgery for a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, most likely costing him the 2002 season.

The number

5 -- Team-leading RBIs for Gibbons.

The quote

"If Jerry can show us that he is a leadoff hitter, I don't know that there's anybody else on this ballclub who we'd need to teach how to do that." - manager Mike Hargrove

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