Orioles 3, Reds 2

March 31, 2002|By Joe Christensen

The game

Brian Roberts drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning off Cincinnati reliever Craig Dingman to give the Orioles a 3-2 victory at Louisville Slugger Field. The Orioles finished the spring 20-9-1, the best mark in the American League and a franchise record for spring victories.

The arms

Sidney Ponson held the Reds to one run on two hits over five innings. He hung a breaking ball to Reggie Taylor for a booming home run in the second inning but still lowered his spring ERA to 2.32. Rick Bauer, who made the roster as a rookie, gave up one run in two innings. Willis Roberts pitched a scoreless inning for the win, and Jorge Julio retired the side in the ninth for the save.

The bats

Jerry Hairston capped a solid spring with another perfect first inning for a leadoff hitter. He singled, stole second base and scored on a one-out single by Mike Bordick. Hairston hit .315 this spring.

Injury update

Left fielder Marty Cordova (strained right quadriceps muscle) missed his third straight game, but should be ready fortomorrow. Shortstop Mike Bordick took a fastball off the back of his left hand in the fourth inning but remained in the game.

The number

4 - Saves by Julio, a team high this spring for the Orioles.

The quote

"I think we're just excited. I mean, last year was such a tough year. ... We've been playing good baseball and we're excited about getting this year going."

-Bordick

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