Baltimore Orioles lifted to victory as Adam Jones smacks first spring homer

Miguel Castro got the start this afternoon for the Baltimore Orioles, who took on their arch-rivals, New York, for the first time in the spring. He didn’t get the results he wanted, however the Orioles also gave him a decent amount of run support. Castro’s line: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 K.

As is the case with so many pitchers, Castro’s issue was fastball command during his start (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

I was trying to locate my fastball early, get it down, and I made a couple mistakes and that was one of the things that I wasn’t doing today.

But the news today for the Orioles wasn’t futile – not in the least. Adam Jones smacked his first home run of the spring in the first inning, a two-run shot to center. This is a good sign, as it indicates that Jones is healthy and his timing is starting to line up. That gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead, however they quickly surrendered it in the second on an RBI-groundout and a two-RBI single.

But New York didn’t lead for long. Trey Mancini‘s RBI-single in the last of the second tied the game back up at two. And a few moments later, they had the lead back. This time courtesy of a homer off the bat of Jonathan Schoop, this of the two-run variety.

The O’s would also get an RBI-single from Tim Beckham in the third, and a sac-fly RBI from Presley in the seventh. New York would smack a solo homer in the fourth, but that wasn’t enough to top the Birds on this day. The win was the Orioles’ fifth straight.

Again folks, wins and losses doesn’t matter. But that’s not to say that guys can’t get momentum going in camp by winning games. On this trip for New York was their slugger Aaron Judge, who went 0-for-4 on the day with two strikeouts. If Oriole pitching can induce games like that when they see him in the regular season, they’ll be in good shape.

And perhaps another promising aspect of this game for the Birds is that they had the lead, lost it, and got it back. That’s something we didn’t see too much of down the stretch last year, especially at the end. Often times the O’s would in fact draw first blood, only to lose the lead later in the game. And they wouldn’t have the ability to get it back. They battled back in this game, and they did so almost immediately.

The Orioles will actually head to Florida’s east coast for two games starting tomorrow in Jupiter against St. Louis. Kevin Gausman will get the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by St. Louis’ Jack Flaherty. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

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