Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 17-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Vero Beach, Fla.
UP -- Pat Rapp: Kept the ball down and kept the Dodgers in the infield.
UP -- Eugene Kingsale: The club will take that kind of production from the leadoff spot every time.
DOWN -- Radhames Dykhoff: So much for a shutout.
UP -- Ryan Minor: If only there were room for him on the roster.
UP -- Calvin Pickering: See Minor.
DOWN -- The DH: Who needs it? Not with Dykhoff and Jose Mercedes around.
UP -- Wayne Kirby: Gets a lot done in a short amount of time.
The Orioles' hit parade passed through Vero Beach. They collected 18 hits, including two each by Kingsale (three RBIs, three runs), Minor (two RBIs, one run) and Pickering. B. J. Surhoff drove in three runs. Kirby, Delino DeShields, Ivanon Coffie, Rich Amaral, Will Clark, Derrick May, Greg Myers, Jesse Garcia and Luis Matos each had a hit. So did two of the club's pitchers, Dykhoff and Mercedes. Mercedes drove in a run with his fourth-inning single. The Orioles didn't hit a home run, but Matos had a sixth-inning triple.
Rapp was efficient, retiring all six batters without a ball leaving the infield. He struck out three. Mercedes tossed two scoreless innings, allowing one hit. Buddy Groom, Chuck McElroy and Mike Timlin each contributed a scoreless inning, but Dykhoff served up a three-run homer to Hiram Bocachica in the eighth. He had a calmer ninth.
The Orioles scored five runs in the fourth inning and eight in the ninth. Brady Anderson, Mike Bordick, Charles Johnson and Albert Belle didn't make the trip. Davidsonville resident Kevin Gibbs went 2-for-2 with a run scored but overran a ball in center field. Former Oriole Geronimo Berroa was 0-for-2. DeShields was hit by a Carlos Perez pitch in the fourth inning. He glared at Perez as he limped to first base. Perez smiled and shrugged.
Quote of the day
"I said it last year and I'll say it again -- on paper they've got as good a team as anyone in baseball. If they play to their potential, they can't be beat." -- Mike Fetters, Dodgers reliever, who pitched for the Orioles last season.