Reds 5, Orioles 3

Spring Training : Chattanooga, Tenn.

April 04, 2004|By Peter Schmuck

The Cincinnati Reds scored three times off Orioles minor league pitcher Rodney Ormand in the fourth inning to break a 2-2 tie and close out the exhibition season with their 18th victory yesterday, 5-3.

Orioles left-hander Matt Riley allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits over the first three innings before manager Lee Mazzilli turned the game over to four relief pitchers.

The Orioles scored twice in the third on RBI doubles by Brian Roberts and Melvin Mora, then added a run in the seventh on a double by infielder Jose Bautista.

Reserve catcher Keith Osik appeared to bring the Orioles from behind later in the seventh inning with a long, three-run homer down the left-field line, but Reds manager Dave Miley argued the ball was foul, and plate umpire Darren Spagnari reversed his own call.

The final exhibition game for both teams was played at BellSouth Park in Chattanooga, Tenn., home of the Reds' Double-A affiliate. It drew 6,486 fans.

WHO'S HOT

Melvin Mora

The Opening Night third baseman closed out the exhibition season with a single, an RBI double and a walk in three plate appearances to finish the spring with a .288 batting average and a .385 on-base percentage.

Miguel Tejada

Only went 1-for-3 yesterday but finished with a .375 exhibition average and led the team with 27 hits and 15 RBIs. He struggled at the outset last season and still ended up with 27 homers and 106 RBIs. Imagine what he might do after a fast start.

WHO'S NOT

Jack Cust

Fifth outfielder batted just .176 this spring but still won a place on the Opening Night roster. The club likes his pop, but it didn't hurt that he was out of minor league options.

Keith Osik

Reserve catcher made the team but could use a break at the plate. He hit a towering shot down the left-field line yesterday that originally was called a three-run homer before the Reds protested and persuaded the umpiring crew to reverse the ruling. Finished the spring with two hits in 22 at-bats (.091).

INJURY REPORT

Second baseman Jerry Hairston was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 26. He is rehabbing his broken finger in Arizona, but he's scheduled to return to Baltimore on Friday for further evaluation and treatment. ... Outfielder Marty Cordova was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retro- active to March 26. ... Pitcher Omar Daal was placed on the 60-day disabled list. ... Outfielder B.J. Surhoff fouled a ball off his right ankle during batting practice, but he walked it off and singled in one at-bat in the game.

ARMS RACE

Left-hander Matt Riley worked three innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks. He struck out four in his final tuneup before entering the major league rotation on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox. He closed out the spring with a 2-0 record and a 3.15 ERA in seven appearances. The Orioles used minor league pitchers Rodney Ormand, Jose Rodriguez, Aaron Rakers and Darwin Cubillan to pitch the final five innings.

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