The Baltimore Orioles this afternoon went down to JetBlue Park, otherwise known as Fenway South, and defeated the World Champion Boston Red Sox. Relax folks, it’s still only spring training. But behind a solid effort by started Gabriel Ynoa, the O’s prevailed. Ynoa’s line: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K.
The lone run that Ynoa surrendered was a lead off homer by Bradley Jr. However he immediately settled down over the course of his two innings. I would remind folks that solo home runs aren’t going to hurt you. Especially when they occur in the lead off spot of the game.
The Orioles however immediately started to battle. Chance Sisco smacked a long two-run homer to center in the top of the second, giving the Birds a 2-1 lead. Two innings later Sisco came up to bat again. And the result was exactly the same – a two-run homer to center. Through five games, Sisco now has three home runs. My personal opinion is that Sisco’s spot on the roster was always going to be fairly safe. But he’s doing everything he can to make it tough for them to send him down.
But Boston aren’t the defending champions for nothing. These guys are pretty good – especially in their (spring) home yard. Chavis smacked a three-run homer, tying the game at three. Last year, that would have been a death blow for the Orioles. Boston would have had the momentum, and it would have been a foregone conclusion that Boston would have at some point taken the lead.
Only that didn’t happen. At the end of the day, it was the Orioles who rallied. Richie Martin smacked a two-RBI double in the fifth, giving the Birds the lead back at 6-4. Just to show that he wasn’t kidding with the two homers, Sisco added an RBI-single in that fifth inning as well, running the Orioles’ lead to 7-4. Boston would get back-to-back RBI-doubles in the last of the ninth to run the final to 7-6.
You really have to hand it to Sisco; he’s hit very well thus far this spring. The Orioles also got another superb outing out of Branden Kline, who struck out the side to end the game in the ninth inning on Sunday against Chicago. Kline pitched the sixth inning, walked one hitter and struck out two. Is Klein making a play to perhaps be in the bullpen once camp breaks? Time will tell. If he continues to play well he might be tough to keep in the minors.
This victory runs the Orioles’ spring record to 3-2. Again however, keeping tabs on wins and losses in spring training is like being convicted in a kangaroo court. The takeaway today was Chance Sisco. His homers were timely, they showed his power, and had this been a real game they would have won the game for the Birds.
The Orioles remain on the road tomorrow and head up to Clearwater to take on Philadelphia at Spectrum Field. Dylan Bundy will make his maiden start this spring for the O’s, and Philadelphia is yet to announce a starter. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.