Orioles 6, Rangers 2

March 10, 2002|By Peter Schmuck

The game

Right-hander Sidney Ponson pitched four solid innings, and the Orioles banged out 13 hits on the way to a 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers yesterday at Charlotte County Stadium.

The bats

Minor-league outfielder Luis Garcia drove in the Orioles' first run with a double to deep left field in the second inning. ... Catcher Geronimo Gil got credit for the go-ahead RBI later in the same inning when third baseman Mike Lamb lost his pop fly in the sun and it landed untouched on the infield. ... Jeff Conine had two hits, two RBIs and scored a run in four at-bats. ... Mike Bordick also had two hits.

The arms

Ponson worked four innings and gave up one run on five hits. Ponson struck out two, did not walk a batter and benefited from two double-play balls. Former teammate Rafael Palmeiro was responsible for two of the five hits off Ponson, one of them an RBI double. ... Pitching prospects Erik Bedard, John Stephens and Sean Runyan each threw hitless innings of relief. ... Travis Driskill also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit. ... Jorge Julio gave up a run on two hits in the ninth.

Injury update

Chris Singleton missed a game earlier in the week with a slight strain of the right hamstring and still is nursing it, but he swung the bat well again yesterday. He doubled, walked and had two deep flyouts to right that might have gotten out of Camden Yards.

The number

8 - Number of times Jerry Hairston has led off an inning this spring with a hit (14 at-bats).

The quote

"Sidney looked outstanding. All his pitches were crisp. He threw some real good breaking balls. He threw very well." - manager Mike Hargrove.

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