Marlins 8, Orioles 2

March 28, 2002|By Roch Kubatko

The game

Winding down the Florida portion of their exhibition schedule, the Orioles lost to the Marlins, ending their seven-game winning streak. Maybe they were thrown by a late change in starters, with Matt Clement scratched after being traded to the Chicago Cubs.

The arms

Scott Erickson was knocked around, lasting only 5 2/3 innings and allowing six runs and 10 hits. Among his 97 pitches was a three-run homer to Ramon Castro in the second inning and a two-run shot by Alex Gonzalez in the sixth. Gonzalez also had a run-scoring single in the fourth. Catcher Geronimo Gil bailed out Erickson twice in the first two innings by throwing out runners attempting to steal. The Marlins scored twice in the seventh off relievers John Bale and Lee Marshall.

The bats

A single by Marty Cordova represented the Orioles' only hit through seven innings. Gil doubled down the left-field line leading off the eighth, and pinch hitter David Segui crushed a two-run homer off Tommy Phelps, his first of the spring.

Injury update

Chris Richard (shoulder) continues to hit off a tee, and vice president for baseball operations Syd Thrift said the outfielder might become available before the All-Star break. Bale returned from elbow stiffness by facing three batters in the eighth.

The number

2 - Balls hit out of the infield by the Orioles through seven innings.

The quote

"I think he's a good, first-rate insurance policy." - Thrift, on newly acquired minor-league pitcher Yorkis Perez

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