Baltimore Orioles offense comes alive in loss
The good news for the Baltimore Orioles is that the bats came alive this afternoon. The bad news is that they surrendered an eight-run lead in the seventh inning. However even still, the silver lining is that starter Mike Wright looked good in his abbreviated appearance. Wright’s line: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.
The Birds loaded the bases in the last of the third with nobody down, bringing Manny Machado to the plate. And Machado hit his first home run of the spring, in the form of a grand slam. St. Louis did net a run back in the fourth on an RBI-single, however the Orioles appeared to be off to the races.
That Machado homer was complimented in the last of the fifth with a three-run homer off the bat of Chris Davis. This gave the O’s a 7-1 lead, in a game that seemed to be turning into a laugher. Tack on a solo homer by Trey Mancini later in the inning, and one in the sixth by Ryan Mountcastle, and the O’s had a 9-1 lead in the middle of the game.
It’s important to note that from a pitching standpoint, Wright did his job – and did it well. Wright’s spot on the roster isn’t guaranteed, but he has a shot. The only other pitcher who entered the game today that will be on the big league roster was Darren O’Day. And he pitched a clean inning, striking out one.
However before the Orioles knew it, St. Louis had put an eight-run seventh inning on the board. This isn’t how you want any game to go. But again, nobody that pitched in the game at that point is going to be a big leaguer. In fact, the regulars had long since departed the game overall by that point.
St. Louis also would also put a run on the board on an RBI-single in the eighth to take a 10-9 lead. And there’s your ballgame. However the takeaway from this game should be that the bats came alive. As I’ve said, hitters are behind pitchers for the first part of spring training. If today’s game is any indication, it appears that the Orioles’ hitters are catching up. That’s a good sign.
The Orioles will return to Port Charlotte tomorrow to take on the Tampa Rays once again. Nestor Cortes Jr. will get the start, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Jake Faria. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.