Cabrera in command
Again commanding all three of his pitches, including his changeup, Daniel Cabrera dominated the New York Mets' regulars for three innings, striking out four, walking none and allowing only one hit in the Orioles' 8-7 victory yesterday at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla. In helping the Orioles stretch their exhibition unbeaten streak to seven games, Cabrera threw 23 of his 36 pitches for strikes. The 25-year-old right-hander has struck out six, allowed two hits and walked none in two exhibition starts spanning five innings.
Catcher Adam Donachie, the Orioles' Rule 5 selection from the Kansas City Royals, blasted Orlando Hernandez's 0-1 pitch over the left-field wall for a three-run, second-inning home run. The Orioles scored five runs in the second off Hernandez and never trailed. "He looks better every time I see him," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said of Donachie.
Hoey saves it
The Orioles got some shaky relief work from Jon Leicester and Chris Waters, two minor league free agents who were extended spring training invitations. Waters gave up a two-run shot to Ben Johnson in a four-run eighth inning to cut the Orioles' lead to 8-7, but Orioles reliever Jim Hoey pitched a perfect ninth to end it.
The Orioles will face the Washington Nationals for the second time this spring today at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Jaret Wright will make his second start and he'll be followed by Jeremy Guthrie, Todd Williams, Chad Bradford and Danys Baez.