The Baltimore Orioles sent Dean Kremer to the mound this evening against Boston at JetBlue Park. Due to an elongated at-bat, he had a slightly laborious first inning. Other than that and a two-run homer, he was fairly solid. Kremer’s line: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K.
Kremer pitched out of a runners-at-the-corners situation in the first inning. And after coming out of the game he indicated that he appreciated that opportunity AP as to show he could compete (quote courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports):
If you’re a guy that is cruising through spring training with no real challenge, then when you do get that challenge during the season, it can be a step backwards for you. I’m glad I’m competing and trying to run through it.It’s a very valid point in a sense. You always want to be somewhat wary of guys who have everything fall right into place on the shiny tops of their heads. They aren’t battle tested. And when something happens when it really counts, it could be a problem.
Kremer gave up a two-run homer to Renfroe in the last of the third. And that was in essence the game. Boston shut down Oriole bats, and the Orioles shut down Boston’s offense for the remainder of the night.
However it was almost worse than 2-0. Boston loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with nobody out. Obviously in a real game at that point (seventh inning), the situation may well call for a new pitcher. So it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the O’s find themselves in this scenario down the road once the regular season starts. And they tabbed prospect Zac Lowther to pitch them out of it.
Lowther immediately induced a line drive out to second base for the first out. He then induced a ground ball double-play (5-4-3) to end the inning. That was the highlight of the game for the Orioles. Bringing a reliever into that situation and having him hold things right where they were. Lowther also finished out the game.
The Orioles return home to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota tomorrow night to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Keegan Akin gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Pittsburgh’s Sean Poppen. Game time is set for just after 6 PM.