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Baltimore Orioles: Nate Karns, Hunter Harvey see action in loss vs. Minnesota

For the first time this spring we saw a Baltimore Orioles’ starter struggle in his truncated outing. Nate Karns started for the Orioles against Minnesota, with lackluster results. Karns’ line: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 0 K.

Karns is healthy, which is more than could be said for him last year. However he hasn’t seen game action since last spring training. So it isn’t overly surprising that he struggled in his first action this spring today.

Karns loaded the bases in the last of the first, and Minnesota took a 2-0 lead on Buxton’s two-RBI double. The O’s tried to battle back in the second with a solo homer by Eric Young Jr. However Karns continued to struggle in the last of the second, giving up an RBI-single to Polanco. He was lifted in the middle of the inning – presumably after reaching his pitch count for the day. Karns on his outing and his objective on the afternoon:

Just getting out there doing what I do, pitching to what my strengths are. And trying to improve command, execution of my pitches, sequencing and at the same time competing out there on the mound. I feel like today I kind of came in like, I may not get the results that I wanted, but that’s not what we were focused on right now. That’s getting out there and trying to figure out where you’re at and then improve between starts and try to keep going in that direction until the season gets here

Quote Courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports

Buxton would also add an RBI-single in the third to run the Minnesota lead to 4-1. One inning later it was 5-1 after a sac fly-RBI by Castro (on a foul pop). The last of the fifth brought some elevated excitement for Orioles fans, as we got a look at Hunter Harvey for the first time in about a year or so. Harvey’s velocity was good, and to be honest his appearance was mostly about just getting back out there in game action. However he surrendered a two-run homer to Buxton, extending Minnesota’s lead to 7-1.

When you look at the results turned in by Karns and Harvey, they’re certainly a tough sell. But keep in mind that these guys’ outings had more to do with them just getting out there in live game action than anything else. Odds are there weren’t any mechanical problems that can’t be tweaked or fixed. And that’s part of what these spring games are meant to do.

Obviously when you put on a uniform you’re playing to win. So that part of the day is disappointing. But the fact that Karns and Harvey got into the game is the story of the day. And a good story at that. The game results might not always be what fans want to see, but there are a lot more in-game stories in these games as opposed to just a win or a loss.

The Orioles return to Ed Smith Stadium tomorrow afternoon as the Tampa Rays come to town. Mike Wright Jr. gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Ryan Merritt. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles net first win in Hunter Harvey’s spring debut

Hold onto your hats folks…because the Baltimore Orioles have won a spring training game. Yes, you read that right. Not only that, but Hunter Harvey made his spring debut in an Orioles’ uniform. Harvey’s line: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K.

Harvey’s outing wasn’t perfect. However the part that stuck out to me was that he minimized the damage. Tampa’s first two hitters recorded base hits in the game, putting runners at the corners with nobody out. However Harvey induced a double-play, which yielded a run. It also put two outs on the board and cleared the bases.

And that’s really the key in terms of evaluating pitchers in these spring games. How are they doing in situational cases? If this were a regular season game with Harvey on the bump, you take that every time in the first inning. The idea is to stay out of a big inning. Harvey did that.

Harvey felt good about the outing afterwards, although when asked where he needed to improve he was very up front (all quotes courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

Really, just controlling my body. I kind of felt a little crazy out there. I guess it was just the first time being out there in a long time. Trying to get my body back under me and just command the ball a little better.

Manager Buck Showalter was very complimentary of Harvey after the game, referencing the fact that he minimized the damage in that first inning:

Good, real good. Fun to watch. Happy for him, excited. It’s more than just the stuff, it’s just the way he carries himself. He’s got a lot of things you look for off-ball, so to speak. Other than just pitching. It’s going to be hopefully a fun year for him. I’m really happy for him. I think we were all excited in the dugout for him. But he wears it well.

He threw some good changeups, a couple good breaking balls. I like he didn’t implode in the first inning. A big double play on a breaking ball, and he got his work in. It was fun to watch.

That’s high praised coming from Showalter. The Orioles did lose a player today, as pitcher Chris Lee left the game in the middle of an inning after straining his right oblique. The Orioles don’t have much information about a timeline for Lee as of yet, only that he’ll miss time. You’d rather these injuries happen now as opposed to later.

The Birds got a solo homer from Garabez Rosa in the sixth inning, to tie the game at six. Reuben Tejada‘s RBI-single in the seventh gave the O’s a 2-1 lead, which held up as the final. None of the regulars for the most part played in this game, however make no mistake about the fact that the organization is happy to have gotten it’s first spring win. The flip side is that the Orioles’ roster of reserves beat many of Tampa’s regular players.

The Orioles return to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota tomorrow afternoon to take on the St. Louis Cardinals – who will be coming from across Florida. Mike Wright will get the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by St. Louis’ Jack Flaherty. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

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