Orioles 4, Expos 1

March 12, 2002|By Joe Christensen

The game

Rick Bauer held the Montreal Expos to one run in five innings, and the Orioles turned five double plays in a 4-1 victory yesterday in Jupiter, Fla. The Orioles ran their winning streak to four games and have given up just six runs in their past five games.

The arms

Bauer allowed four hits but erased three of those runners with double-play balls. Closer candidate Willis Roberts pitched another scoreless inning, his fourth of the spring, escaping a jam after the first two Expos hitters singled to start the seventh. Matt Riley, Buddy Groom and Jorge Julio also pitched scoreless innings for the Orioles.

The bats

Jerry Hairston had another solid day batting leadoff, notching two hits and scoring two runs. In the third inning, Hairston singled, stole second and reached third base when Montreal catcher Brian Schneider's throw went into the outfield. Jeff Conine added two hits for the Orioles.

Injury update

Manager Mike Hargrove said Melvin Mora (broken left ring finger, strained left calf) is almost ready to make his exhibition debut, as both injuries continue to heal. Howie Clark (sore quadriceps muscle) started yesterday's B game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The number

5 - Double plays turned by the Orioles yesterday.

The quote

"If we were to break [camp] today, Jay Gibbons would probably be the everyday right fielder." - manager Mike Hargrove

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