Ex-Oriole Hill gives up 2 runs in Cards' 4-2 win

March 24, 2010|By Peter Schmuck | peter.schmuck@baltsun.com | Baltimore Sun reporter

JUPITER, Fla. — The Orioles ran into an old friend at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday.

St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Rich Hill, who spent a fitful year with the Orioles in 2009, started against Brian Matusz and pitched three innings in the Cardinals' 4-2 victory.

Hill gave up two runs on four hits and three walks, exhibiting many of the characteristics that made him such an unpredictable pitcher in Baltimore. He walked Felix Pie to lead off the game and displayed erratic control throughout his performance, but settled down after giving up two runs in the first inning.

It was Hill's fourth exhibition appearance and second start, and it doesn't look as if he'll break camp with the major league pitching staff. He is 1-1 with a 6.30 ERA. He has pitched 10 exhibition innings and has allowed 12 hits and nine walks.

Matusz shut out St. Louis through three innings, but gave up a string of hits in a two-run Cardinals fourth and allowed the first three batters to reach base in the fifth as St. Louis took the lead. It was his first difficult outing of the spring, but he still pitched six innings and held Cardinals sluggers Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday to a combined 0-for-6 with a walk.

Nolan Reimold drove in the first Orioles run with a single in the first inning and doubled in the sixth. He has now hit safely in his last three games after going hitless in his first 21 Grapefruit League at bats.

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