Orioles 6, Reds 5

March 22, 2002|By Peter Schmuck

The game

The Orioles hit four home runs on the way to a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds yesterday at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla.

The bats

First baseman Jeff Conine hit his second home run of the spring in the fourth inning and took over the team lead with his eighth RBI. Catcher Brook Fordyce, third baseman Tony Batista and outfielder Melvin Mora also homered as the Orioles fought back from a three-run deficit. Conine and Fordyce each had two hits in the balanced offensive attack.

The arms

Right-hander Josh Towers held the Reds scoreless for three innings, but he wasn't quite as comfortable the second time around the lineup. He allowed six hits, including a double and two triples, in the fourth inning as the Reds batted around and scored four runs. He also allowed a leadoff home run in the fifth before settling down to retire the last three batters he faced. ... Rookie Sean Runyon, B.J. Ryan, Jorge Julio and Lee Marshall each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Injury update

Outfielder Jose Leon had to be removed from the game with a leg cramp after running out a ground ball in the ninth. He's day-to-day.

The number

15 - number of total bases allowed by Josh Towers in a span of nine batters in the fourth and fifth innings.

The quote

"I think he got a little tired. Then, when that ball fell in [a single by Sean Casey], he lost his composure. He got mad. That's all part of the maturation process." - manager Mike Hargrove on Josh Towers

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