Dean Kremer pitched to his second consecutive positive outing for the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon. Unfortunately it came in another losing effort. Opposing teams are making it their personal business to defeat the O’s thus far in the spring. For Birds’ sake, you have to hope that’s a trend that stays in Florida. Kremer’s line: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K.
However the final score isn’t the story in these games. The story is the stats and how guys look. And Kremer was strong this afternoon. Kremer when asked how he felt about whether he was getting to where he needs to be (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):
Definitely getting there. Still got a couple of kinks, like everyone else. But I feel good. Feel ready to take on some strength.
Bruce Zimmerman followed Kremer, and pitched four scoreless innings. The Orioles just need to work on putting together pitching and hitting in the same game. Today the story was pitching.
Kremer‘s lone run surrendered was in the second inning on Jones’ RBI-groundout. However the Birds came right back and tied the game in the third. Ramón Urias‘ ground rule RBI-double tied the score at one.
And Urías is also quietly having a great spring as well. Which is good for the Birds, as it makes their decision about who to keep where much tougher. He may well play himself onto the team.
But two eighth inning home runs did the O’s in on this day Short smacked a three/m-run shot to give Detroit a 4-1 lead. And Badoo a solo shot? Running it to 5-1. Well pitched game overall for the Birds, just not indicated in the final score.
The Orioles return home to Ed Smith Stadium tomorrow afternoon against Pittsburgh. Matt Harvey gets the call for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Pittsburgh’s Tyler Anderson. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.