Ponson struggles once again

Cardinals 5, Orioles 0

March 26, 2003|By Joe Christensen

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Sidney Ponson had his third consecutive rough outing, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings, as the Orioles lost to the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday, 5-0. For the spring, Ponson is 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA. Offensively, the Orioles were even worse, as Brett Tomko limited them to five hits over six innings. In two starts against the Orioles this spring, Tomko has allowed one earned run in 12 innings. In his other four starts, he has allowed nine earned runs in 13 2/3 innings. Miguel Cairo had two run-scoring triples off Ponson for the Cardinals.

Who's hot

Buddy Groom: Another scoreless inning lowered his ERA to 1.23 - much like that 1.60 ERA he posted last season.

Jorge Julio: His scoreless inning lowered his ERA to 1.13. With these two at the back of the bullpen, the Orioles hope they have some leads to protect.

Tony Batista: Hit a ball that looked like it would be his first homer of the spring, but the wind held it up, and it turned into a double play. Cardinals left fielder So Taguchi made the catch and fired to second base in time to catch Jay Gibbons, who tried tagging from first.

Who's not

Sidney Ponson: He admitted he was concerned after three consecutive shaky outings, but insists it has been poor pitch location, not a sore shoulder.

Jerry Hairston: Went hitless in four at-bats and missed the tag at second base when Ponson had Eduardo Perez picked off in the second inning.

B.J. Surhoff: Dropped to seventh in the order and went hitless in three at-bats, lowering his average to .244.

Injury report

David Segui looks like he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken thumb. He had more X-rays taken, and the medical staff cleared him to swing a bat. After swinging, Segui reported no pain.

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