Roch Around the Clock

March 25, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO | ROCH KUBATKO,Sun Reporter

The Orioles lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-2, yesterday in one of their worst games of the spring. They made four errors and committed a few mental blunders, as well.

The Dodgers' last run scored on a James Loney double off reliever Brian Burres. Loney was still batting because third baseman J.R. House and shortstop Cesar Crespo let his pop-up drop in foul territory. It appeared that Crespo called off House, which he shouldn't have done.

I'm sure the wind didn't help. Or that House isn't a natural third baseman.

Danys Baez looked terrible while warming up before the ninth. He couldn't hit the target, once sending a ball rolling to the warning track in right field. Upon entering the game, he allowed a leadoff single, but Adam Godwin lined into a double play. Baez retired the next hitter.

When manager Sam Perlozzo visited the mound after Daniel Cabrera allowed two straight singles and threw a wild pitch to begin the fifth, he wanted to make sure Cabrera's arm was OK.

Then he told Cabrera to relax and not be afraid to walk somebody, and to use his best stuff. Cabrera smiled, and struck out the next two batters and got a fly ball.

"I just wanted him to let it fly," Perlozzo said. "His breaking ball was sharper and his fastball was much better. He showed me something."

Why did Perlozzo make the mound visit instead of pitching coach Leo Mazzone?

"Because I'm the manager," Perlozzo said. "I wanted to get the point across to him. Sometimes, it means a little more if the manager comes out instead of the pitching coach all the time. I just felt like it was my time."

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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