Orioles 2, Cardinals 1

March 24, 2002|By Joe Christensen

The game

Larry Bigbie and Jose Leon hit back-to-back ninth-inning doubles off St. Louis Cardinals reliever Dave Veres, giving the Orioles a 2-1 victory and their 13th win in their past 15 exhibition games. Veres, who has been mentioned in trade rumors with the Orioles but is likely out of their price range, retired the first two hitters in the ninth inning before Bigbie doubled to left field.

The arms

Rodrigo Lopez, a strong candidate to make the Orioles' roster as a long reliever, started the game and held the Cardinals to one run in four innings. Erik Bedard, Lee Marshall, B.J. Ryan and Jorge Julio combined to keep St. Louis scoreless the rest of the way.

The bats

Cardinals pitcher Woody Williams held the Orioles to one run on two hits for the first six innings. Melvin Mora homered with one out in the sixth, tying the score 1-1. Mike Bordick, Jeff Conine, Jay Gibbons, Marty Cordova and Ryan McGuire each went hitless in three at-bats.

Injury update

Starting pitcher Calvin Maduro (strained right forearm) went on the 15-day disabled list but probably won't miss a regular-season start. He is eligible to come off the disabled list April 6 and wasn't scheduled to pitch until the following day against the Boston Red Sox. First baseman David Segui and center fielder Chris Singleton are both nursing Achilles' tendon strains, but manager Mike Hargrove said he didn't think either player would start the season on the DL.

The number

11 - Times in the past 16 games the Orioles have held an opponent under two runs.

The quote

"You never can have enough pitching, but we feel pretty good about our pitching right now. You're always looking to increase and upgrade [through a trade], but I don't know if there's anything imminent." - Hargrove

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