Braves 3, Orioles 2

March 30, 2002

The game

The Atlanta Braves scored three first-inning runs off Orioles starter Jason Johnson and held on for a 3-2 victory at Turner Field last night. Braves manager Bobby Cox surprised the Orioles by filling out a lineup that included a designated hitter in a National League ballpark. Orioles manager Mike Hargrove willingly agreed to do the same since it was only an exhibition game.

The arms

Johnson overcame a shaky start and held the Braves to three runs over five innings in his final tuneup before the season. He finished the spring with a 2.00 ERA. Left-handed reliever John Bale, who had been bothered by elbow stiffness, made his second appearance in three games. He faced just two batters, walking the first and striking out the second.

The bats

Chris Singleton had a first-inning double and a third-inning sacrifice fly. Jeff Conine singled home the Orioles' first run. The Orioles managed six hits in four innings off Braves starter Kevin Millwood. Atlanta closer John Smoltz breezed through the Orioles' top of the order in the fifth. Jerry Hairston watched strike three, Singleton flied out, and Smoltz struck out David Segui with a 96-mph fastball.

Injury update

Left fielder Marty Cordova was not in the lineup because of tightness in his right quadriceps muscle, but Hargrove said he thought Cordova would be fine for Opening Day. Singleton played his second straight game after missing two weeks with a strained Achilles' tendon. He looked healthy legging out a double in the first inning.

The number

4 - Consecutive hits by the Braves to start the first inning against Johnson.

The quote

"We were able to accomplish a lot of the things we wanted to accomplish, but that was spring training. And you really do separate the two because the season is nothing like spring training. You hope things carry over." -Hargrove

- Joe Christensen

Box score

ORIOLES AB R H RBI ATLANTA AB R H RBI

Hairston 2b 3 0 1 0 Furcal ss 2 1 1 0

McGuire 2b 0 0 0 0 DeRosa ss 2 0 1 0

Singleton cf 2 1 1 1 AJones cf 3 1 2 1

Mora cf 1 0 0 0 Lngrhns cf 1 0 0 0

Segui dh 4 0 1 0 CJones lf 3 1 1 0

Conine 1b 4 0 1 0 Wilson lf 0 0 0 0

Gibbons rf 3 0 0 1 Clmn pr-lf 0 0 0 0

Garcia rf 1 0 0 0 Sheffield rf 2 0 1 1

Batista 3b 4 0 0 0 Timmons rf 1 0 0 0

Bigbie lf 3 0 1 0 Castilla 3b 2 0 0 0

Lunar c 3 0 1 0 Helms 3b 2 0 0 0

Bordick ss 3 1 0 0 Surhoff 1b 2 0 0 1

Moriarty ss 0 0 0 0 Franco 1b 1 0 1 0

Johnson p 0 0 0 0 Lopez c 2 0 1 0

Bale p 0 0 0 0 Blanco c 1 0 0 0

Brock p 0 0 0 0 Giles 2b 3 0 0 0

Ryan p 0 0 0 0 Garcia 2b 0 0 0 0

Groom p 0 0 0 0 Lockhart dh 3 0 0 0

Millwood p 0 0 0 0

Smoltz p 0 0 0 0

Ligtenberg p 0 0 0 0

Holmes p 0 0 0 0

Foster p 0 0 0 0

Gryboski p 0 0 0 0

Totals 31 2 6 2 Totals 30 3 8 3

Orioles 101 000 000 - 2

Atlanta 300 000 00x - 3

E-Furcal, Giles. DP-Orioles 2, Atlanta 3. LOB-Orioles 4, Atlanta 5. 2B-Singleton, Furcal, DeRosa. 3B-AJones, Surhoff. SF-Singleton.

Orioles IP H R ER BB SO

Johnson, L 2-1 5 6 3 3 0 1

Bale 1/3 0 0 0 1 1

Brock 1 1/3 2 0 0 0 0

Ryan 2/3 0 0 0 0 1

Groom 2/3 0 0 0 0 0

Atlanta IP H R ER BB SO

Millwood, W 1-1 4 6 2 1 0 1

Smoltz 1 0 0 0 0 2

Ligtenberg 1 0 0 0 0 0

Holmes 1 0 0 0 0 1

Foster 1 0 0 0 1 0

Gryboski, S 3 1 0 0 0 0 1

HBP-by Ryan (Wilson). WP-Millwood. T-2:30. A-22,309

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