The Baltimore Orioles knew that they weren’t going to keep winning games that don’t count forever. And eventually, they were going to drop one. They came into today’s game with Toronto having not lost in eight games. But with Mike Wright getting the start this afternoon, that streak came to an end. Wright’s line: 4.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 2 K.
Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI-single by Espinoza. However one inning later the Orioles had tied the score. Adam Jones smacked his second spring homer to knot things up at 1-1. Jones has said that he’s ready for Opening Day right now, and his hitting of late has indicated that he isn’t kidding.
The promising thing about Jones and others right now is that they started off the spring struggling at the plate. And lots of people conveniently forget that pitchers are usually a week ahead of catchers in the beginning of camp. But once everyone catches up and is on the same page, guys start getting into pitches and the ball starts flying out of the ballpark. That’s happening with Jones and others right now.
However Toronto would get a two-RBI triple from Fields, and s fielder’s choice-RBI from Diaz in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead. And they didn’t look back from there. They also got an RBI-groundout from Berti in the ninth. While the Birds closed to 5-2 in the last of the ninth on a Presley RBI-single, it wouldn’t be enough to salvage a win against their AL East rivals.
Wright hardly struggled during his 4.2 innings, however he wasn’t as crisp as the Orioles would have liked. We’re now going into potentially the most important part of camp – the end of it. Time is passing, and many guys will be getting their final looks this coming week in Grapefruit League play. Where anyone stands now or at any point remains to be seen. But we’re grinding towards crunch time.
And the Orioles are home in Sarasota in the final week more often than they’re on the road. That means that guys might have more of a look than they otherwise would have. It’s worth mentioning, there are still unsigned veterans looking for deals as camps wind up.
The O’s will remain in Sarasota tomorrow as the New York Mets come to Ed Smith Stadium. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Noah Syndergaard. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.