Cardinals 6-3 Orioles 5-1

March 14, 2009|By JEFF ZREBIEC AND DAN CONNOLLY

TWO HITS FOR WIETERS

In the Orioles' 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Fort Lauderdale Stadium in the first game of the split-squad series, top prospect Matt Wieters went 2-for-3 with a run scored, raising his Grapefruit League average to .440. But it wasn't the typical two-hit day for the switch-hitting catcher as both of his hits were of the infield variety. Wieters hit a high chopper over the head of Cardinals starter Kyle McClellan and then legged out the hit in the second inning. He wound up scoring the Orioles' first run on Gregg Zaun's single. In the sixth, Wieters hit a ball in the hole that was backhanded by shortstop Donovan Solano, whose errant throw was too late to get Wieters.

BERGESEN SETTLES DOWN IN LOSS

Rookie right-hander Brad Bergesen hit a rough spot in the first inning in the night game of the doubleheader. By the time he found the groove he has been in this spring, it was a little too late in a 3-1 loss. The Cardinals scored twice in the first against Bergesen on Chris Duncan's two-run double and added an unearned run in the second. Bergesen retired the final 10 batters he faced, pitching 4 2/3 innings and allowing four hits and two earned runs.

ON DECK

The Orioles will begin a home-and-home weekend Grapefruit League series against the Boston Red Sox today at Fort Lauderdale Stadium with Danys Baez starting for the home team. Radhames Liz, George Sherrill and Matt Albers are also scheduled to pitch. Left-hander Jon Lester will start for Boston, followed by Devern Hansack and Adam Mills.

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