Red Sox 8, Orioles 3

March 19, 2002|By Peter Schmuck

The game

The Boston Red Sox banged out 15 hits to score an 8-3 victory at City of Palms Park and hand the Orioles only their second exhibition defeat in their past 11 games.

The bats

Outfielder Larry Bigbie hit a two-run homer off Red Sox starter Dustin Hermanson in the fifth inning to deny him a scoreless performance. First baseman Ryan McGuire launched his second home run of the spring in the seventh inning off Red Sox closer Ugueth Urbina. Third baseman Tony Batista chimed in with a double and a single.

The arms

Left-hander Erik Bedard and right-hander Rodrigo Lopez each pitched three innings and gave up their first runs of the spring. Bedard allowed two runs on six hits. Lopez allowed four runs on six hits and gave up a home run to veteran outfielder Rickey Henderson. Left-hander B.J. Ryan also struggled, giving up two runs and allowing four base runners in one inning. The only bright spot was a scoreless inning from prospective closer Jorge Julio.

Injury update

First baseman David Segui remains sidelined with a slight Achilles' strain. He probably will return to the lineup by the end of the week.

The number

37 - The number of batters Bedard and Lopez had faced this spring without giving up a run before combining to allow six runs on 12 hits yesterday.

The quote

"All of our pitchers were up. Everything was up. That's the whole story." - manager Mike Hargrove

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