Cardinals 2, Orioles 1

March 17, 2002|By Roch Kubatko

The game

An eight-game winning streak ended for the Orioles when William Ortega singled in Al Martin with one out in the 10th inning. The loss, made possible in part by an anemic offense, lowered their spring record to 10-6-1. They didn't get a hit after the fourth inning, and their only base runner was Chad Allen, who walked in the seventh.

The arms

Solidifying his bid to become the fifth starter, Calvin Maduro turned in five scoreless innings. He didn't exactly keep the bases clean, allowing four hits and walking his first two batters of the spring, but he left with a 1-0 lead. Buddy Groom gave up a long home run to Albert Pujols, the ball crashing off the Montreal Expos' clubhouse beyond the left-field fence. Relievers Travis Driskill, Sean Runyan and Lee Marshall kept the score tied until struggling Kris Foster allowed a walk and two hits -- including an infield single that began the rally. Foster has surrendered 10 runs in 2 1/3 innings.

The bats

Jay Gibbons went the opposite way off 22-game winner Matt Morris to register his second spring homer in the fourth inning. Tony Batista and Allen, who both singled in the second, provided the only other hits.

Injury update

David Segui received treatment yesterday for a strained Achilles' tendon and is day-to-day. Foster has been recovering from a sprained ankle.

The number

0 -- Strikeouts for Maduro in 12 innings this spring.

The quote

"Every time I go out there, it's just me being myself and pitching my game. If I do that, I'll be in good shape. I'm not thinking I have to show them something to get the job." -- Maduro.

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