Before this afternoon’s 7-1 loss in Fort Myers vs. Boston, the Baltimore Orioles re-signed 1B/OF/DH Pedro Alvarez. This will be Alvarez’s third year in the organization, and it comes on another minor league deal. If Alvarez makes the 40-man roster he’ll make $1 million, and that could balloon to $3 million based on incentives.
That may well have been the Orioles’ highlight of the day. Gabriel Ynoa got the start for the Birds down in Fort Myers, and while he struggled a bit in the first inning, he rebounded. Ynoa’s line: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K. The four strikeouts are certainly a good sign.
Ynoa’s lone surrendered run came on Swihart’s RBI-double in the last of the first. Keep in mind that Ynoa was one of maybe two players on the field for the Orioles who has a legitimate shot to make the big league roster. With camps opening earlier, the rule regarding teams bringing a minimum of three regulars on road games doesn’t kick in until March 1st. So while the Orioles reserves really struggled against Boston’s semi-regular lineup, the overall result isn’t really important.
Luis Sardinas‘ RBI-single in the fifth tied the score at one for the Orioles. However that’s as close as they got before Boston broke it open. Swihart’s two-run homer in the last of that fifth inning would give Boston a 3-1 lead. That was immediately followed by a solo homer off the bat of Barfield, running the score to 4-1.
Boston would round out the scoring on an RBI-double by Hernandez in the sixth, followed by a sac fly-RBI by Barfield. And that rounded out a fairly uneventful afternoon at Jet Blue Park. As I said above, Ynoa had his struggles in the first inning. But he pitched out of them and also had a very strong second inning. He admitted as much after his outing via his translator (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):
I was not commanding my fastball. That’s what happened that first inning, after the second hitter. But afterward I was able to make the adjustment and attack the hitters and get ahead of them.
Again, very few players on the trip itself are going to be seriously examined in terms of making the final roster. While there was lots of raw talent on the field for the Birds today, it was a fairly ho-hum type of game. But that’s what you get in spring training.
The Orioles return to Sarasota tomorrow to take on Detroit at Ed Smith Stadium. Kevin Gausman will make his inaugural start of the spring, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Michael Fulmer. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.