The Baltimore Orioles sent Zac Lowther to the mound in their penultimate game at Camden Yards this season. Lowther was tagged with the loss, but he showed more promise. And he’s been showing promise here during the past few weeks. Oriole pitching as a whole has done so. Lowther’s line: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R (1 earned), 0 BB, 4 K.
Many Oriole pitcher’s, including Lowther, are in effect auditioning for a spot on the roster in Spring Training next year. And I think it’s good that these competitions are already occurring. Because it gives the coaches a chance to see who’s willing to compete for a job. And the better the completion before the regular season, the better the pitching will be in the regular season.
Lowther gave up a solo homer to Martinez in the second inning. Martinez would double home two additional runs in the sixth. Only one of those was earned, as a runner was allowed to get into scoring position by way of an error. Boston would add insurance runs in the eighth and ninth innings, closing out their 6-0 victory.
But end of the day, that’s all Boston needed. Their pitching shut the Orioles down at the plate, and those three runs stood up and gave them the victory. End of the day however, the O’s are in evaluate mode. And evaluate they’re doing.
The series (and the Orioles’ home schedule for 2021) concludes tomorrow night at Camden Yards. Alexander Wells gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Nick Pivetta. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.