- The Washington Times - Monday, July 31, 2000


BALTIMORE A new era began for the Baltimore Orioles yesterday, and it looked quite promising.
Playing a revamped and youthful lineup against the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards, the Orioles provided a glimpse of the future. Although it was only one game, the Orioles' 10-7 victory might have sent a message to the team's front office: Youth may be the answer.
Left-hander John Parrish, 22, recorded his first major league win. Center fielder Luis Matos, 21, set an Orioles single-game record with four stolen bases and delivered a bases-loaded double that broke open a close game.
Parrish struck out five batters in six innings, and Matos went 2-for-4 with four RBI, leading the Orioles past the Indians before 47,065. Rain delayed the start of the game for one hour, 33 minutes.
Parrish allowed four runs on four hits all four runs came on the fifth grand slam of David Segui's career and gave the Indians a 4-2 sixth-inning lead.
Matos singled to center field in the first inning, reached on a fielder's choice groundout to third that drove in a run in the sixth, and doubled to the gap in left in the seventh that drove in three runs and gave the Orioles (45-58) a 10-5 lead.
However, it was Matos' speed on the bases that hurt the Indians. Matos stole second in the second inning, second and third in the sixth inning, and third in the seventh inning.
"We had a bit of trouble holding runners on today, and that hurt us," Indians manager Charlie Manuel said after the Orioles took two of three games from his team over the weekend. "They had some young guys in the lineup that can run, and we couldn't stop them. Having base runners that are aggressive really opened the door for them."
Orioles manager Mike Hargrove has been unable to play aggressive baseball this season because his team lacked speed. Yesterday, however, Hargrove gave his team a little more freedom on the bases. The Orioles even executed a double steal with Matos and Brady Anderson in the sixth inning.
The game was tied 4-4 when the double steal put Matos at third and Anderson at second. Matos then scored on shortstop Melvin Mora's bloop single to right field, and Anderson scored on Delino DeShields' sacrifice fly to left. The Orioles led 6-4.
"It's nice to have speed in spots where you can take advantage of some things," Hargrove said. "It's infectious, and it picks everybody up. It keeps everybody going. It's the way you like to play the game."
This was the second major league start for Parrish (1-1, 4.85 ERA). He made his debut last Monday against the New York Yankees. He struck out nine batters but got the loss.
Parrish, who grew up in nearby Lancaster, Pa., allowed the Indians three hits in the first five innings, but then ran into control problems in the sixth. The pitcher walked two batters and gave up a hit to left fielder Wil Cordero to load the bases. That set the stage for Segui, who turned on Parrish's fastball.
"I just got behind in the counts," Parrish said of the sixth inning. "Walks proved once again that you can't walk anybody. You've got to make them hit the ball and get themselves out."
Notes Southpaw reliever B.J. Ryan was recalled yesterday from Class AAA Rochester to replace traded closer Mike Timlin in the Orioles bullpen.
Ryan, who began the season with the Orioles, was optioned to the Red Wings on June 9. In 14 outings at Rochester, four of them starts, he was 0-1 with a 4.74 ERA. However, in his last nine games, all in relief, the tall left-hander has allowed only two runs while going 0-0 with a 3.48 ERA in 10.1 innings.
The Orioles recalled Ryan because the team needed a body in the bullpen. "Getting up here any way you can is the same," Ryan said. "A chance is a chance. You just want to come up here and pitch good. How you got up here really doesn't matter." …
Getting to Baltimore is all that really mattered to Brook Fordyce. Fordyce, who was involved in a six-player deal that sent catcher Charles Johnson and designated hitter Harold Baines to the Chicago White Sox Saturday night, took the "red-eye" from California early yesterday morning and was in the Orioles' lineup later in the day. Fordyce said he got the news that he was traded while having dinner around 9 p.m. Fordyce went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in his Orioles debut.

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