The Baltimore Orioles traveled to Jupiter, FL this afternoon, which is across the state. Call it a “road trip” if you will. Kevin Gausman turned in perhaps his best outing not just of the spring, but since last season. Gausman’s line: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.
This game was vastly different from when St. Louis visited Sarasota. As you may or may not remember, the Birds surrendered an 8-1 lead that day. However in this instance nobody made it to nine runs. Jonathan Schoop smacked a solo homer in the second inning, giving the Birds a 1-0 lead.
This was the Orioles’ sixth straight victory, however again folks – wins and losses don’t mean anything at this point in the year. However it certainly was a great pitching performance by a staff that’s expected to be beleaguered this year. Not only did they get a good outing out of their starter (Gausman), but they got five quality innings out of him.
While many Orioles regulars (such as the aforementioned Schoop) made the trip with the O’s, OF/DH Mark Trumbo did not. He of course missed a week or so earlier in camp with a strained quad, and is now going for an MRI after feeling discomfort after yesterday’s game. Between Trumbo and Chris Davis (who’s return currently has no timetable), the Birds are at risk for starting the season with much of their power on the bench or DL.
The O’s will remain on the east coast of Florida overnight and will head to Port St. Lucie tomorrow to take on the New York Mets. Andrew Cashner gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by NY’s Jacob DeGrom. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.