Baltimore Orioles fall big to Toronto once again

You could almost take yesterday’s result and game and play it forward into today for the Baltimore Orioles. The games were very similar, other than the fact that the Orioles’ starter, Miguel Castro in this case, had a decent outing. Castro’s line: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 Bb, 1 K.

Castro allowed an RBI-single in the first inning to Donaldson, which was the only run he surrendered. Caleb Joseph would proceed to smack an RBI-single in the second, which tied the game at one. The game would be tied until the fourth, when Toronto would score on an RBI-ground out and an RBI-double by Grichuck.

The Birds did try to get back into the game, however. Trey Mancini grounded into an RBI in the sixth, however a Toronto sac fly-RBI. That cut the lead to 3-2, however Toronto wasn’t going to be denied. Runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth, which ran their lead to 8-2. The O’s did make a run of it late, scoring two runs in the ninth.

Castro, for his small part in this game, was very please with the outcome (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

It felt very good today. My knee was good. It didn’t bother me any. That means everything started the right way

However one area where the O’s are struggling right now is something with which they’ve had issues for years: clutch hits in big moments. You can’t leave half an army on the base paths, and the Orioles area starting to do that. But getting that type of thing out of your system is part of what these games are for.

The Orioles will return to Ed Smith Stadium for a spring training “weekend homestand” tomorrow against Pittsburgh (and Sunday against Philadelphia). Jayson Aquino gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Pittsburgh’s Chad Kuhl. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

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