Reds turn Douglass blue in loss

Reds 7, Orioles 4

March 11, 2003|By Joe Christensen

The Cincinnati Reds sent the Orioles to their fourth straight loss, scoring six runs (three earned) off reliever Sean Douglass in the middle innings to break open a previously well-pitched game. Douglass was a long shot to make the starting rotation, but the Orioles were hoping to see more positives out of him before sending him to Triple-A Ottawa. After Sidney Ponson pitched four scoreless inning, Douglass entered and hit Wily Mo Pena in the helmet with a breaking pitch. Juan Castro followed with a run-scoring triple, scoring the go-ahead run on a passed ball by catcher Geronimo Gil. Pena came up against Douglass the next inning and clubbed a two-run homer. "It seemed like Sean never focused after that [beaning]," Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. Hargrove said he plans to have another talk with Gil. "He has to understand that to be a No. 1 catcher in the big leagues, those types of things can't happen."

Who's hot

Sidney Ponson: Another good outing, even with subpar stuff, and trade rumors have been awfully quiet.

B.J. Surhoff: Two more hits left average at .474. Minor-league deal? Yeah, right.

John Valentin: Orioles hope his pinch-hit double in the seventh was sign of things to come.

Who's not

Sean Douglass: Hargrove thought about bringing his suitcase to the mound.

Geronimo Gil: The go-ahead run scored on a passed ball, right through his glove.

Willis Roberts: Those heavenward points would seem more meaningful if his ERA would just drop under 9.00.

Injury report

Hargrove said a few of his pitchers, such as B.J. Ryan and Buddy Groom, might be going through a "dead arm" period, which is common for spring training. It sounds worse than it is. In the baseball lexicon, this is another name for arm fatigue.

Box score

ORIOLES AB R H BI CINC. (ss) AB R H BI

BRoberts 2b 4 0 1 2 Lopez ss 3 0 0 0

Whiteside c 0 0 0 0 Olmedo ss 1 0 0 0

Matthews cf 4 0 2 0 LaRue c 1 0 0 0

Ryan p 0 0 0 0 Maxwll pr-2b 1 1 1 0

WRoberts p 0 0 0 0 Dunn lf 3 1 1 0

Richard 1b 3 0 0 0 Stefanski c 1 1 1 0

Batista 3b 3 1 1 0 Taylor cf 2 1 1 0

Rebolet ss 1 0 0 0 Smithrmn rf 4 0 1 2

Surhoff rf 3 0 2 1 Guerrero 3b 3 0 0 0

McDonald rf 1 0 0 0 Blnco ph-3b 1 0 0 0

Cordova lf 3 1 1 0 Pena 1b 1 0 1 0

Bigbie lf 1 0 0 0 Thoms pr-1b 1 2 1 2

Mora ss 3 1 1 0 Castro 2b 3 1 1 1

Leon 3b 1 0 0 0 Moseley p 0 0 0 0

Gil c 3 0 2 0 Watson p 0 0 0 0

Matos cf 1 0 0 0 Mercker p 0 0 0 0

Ponson p 1 0 0 0 Haynes p 1 0 0 0

Rios ph 1 0 0 0 Bosham p 1 0 0 0

Douglass p 0 0 0 0 Darula lf 1 0 0 0

Valentin ph-2b 2 1 1 1

Totals 35 4 11 4 Totals 28 7 8 5

Orioles 010 000 300 - 4

Cincinnati (ss) 000 024 01x - 7

E-Castro, Mora. DP-Orioles 3, Cincinnati 1. LOB-Orioles 5, Cincinnati 2. 2B-Batista, Matthews, Dunn, Valentin. 3B-Pena, Castro. HR-Thomas (1). SB-Matthews, BRoberts. CS-Richard, Mora, Maxwell. S-Taylor.

Orioles IP H R ER BB SO

Ponson 4 2 0 0 0 1

Douglass L, 0-1 2 3 6 3 2 2

Ryan 1 1 1 0 0 1

WRoberts 1 1 2 1 0 0

Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO

Haynes 4 5 1 1 1 1

Basham W, 1-0 2 2 0 0 0 1

Moseley 1 4 3 3 0 1

Watson 1 0 0 0 0 2

Mercker S, 2 1 0 0 0 0 1

HBP-by Ponson (LaRue), by Douglass (Pena). PB-Gil. T-2:31. A-2,561.

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