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Baltimore Orioles’ pitching bombs the bombers

This has been a good camp for the Baltimore Orioles thus far. While the bats are coming along well, Oriole pitching has been really solid – to this point. Tom Eshelman got the start tonight in Tampa for the Birds against New York, and was true to form. Eshelman’s line: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K.

New York has a decent lineup. Granted they have a lot of injuries right now (that will continue into the regular season), they still have a great lineup. Orioles’ pitching, led tonight by Eshelman, kept them at bay.

The O’s got on the board early in the first inning when Austin Hays scored from third on a wild pitch. He was followed to the plate by Dwight Smith Jr., who later scored on a pass ball. After getting two runners in scoring position the O’s netted two runs without a base hit.

And as I’ve written many times before, that illustrates why it’s good to have base runners. Sometimes quirky things like wild pitches happen. If they happen with nobody on base, in reality it never happened. But if it happens with guys on base, you can see runs scored, or runners moved up. Every little bit helps.

2019 Oriole-killer Voit smacked a solo homer in the second, bringing NY to within 2-1. But Oriole pitching shut them down after that. Miguel Castro followed Eshelman into the ballgame, pitching the fourth inning. He struck out the side, which bodes well for the Orioles’ pen this year.

However before Castro took the field, the O’s got a two-RBI single from Richie Martin which ran the lead to 4-1. They would also get an RBI-single in the ninth from Mason Willians, in what amounted to an insurance run. That’s also a good sign, because in a regular season game that could be big. While the Birds lost most of them, they played a lot of close games last year. An insurance run could be the difference between a win and a loss.

This game was also notable because it was the Orioles’ first game under the lights this spring. Most of the regular season games occur at night obviously, so getting in a few in the spring is always a good thing. As time goes on we’ll start seeing 6 PM starts at Ed a Smith Stadium sprinkled in as well.

Tomorrow the O’s head to Port Charlotte to take on the Tampa Rays. Bruce Zimmerman gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Sean Gilmartin. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Did Miguel Castro respect NY too much?

Baltimore Orioles’ reliever Miguel Castro gave up a go-ahead three-run homer in tonight’s game against New York. It was the eventual game-winner, hit by Frazier. Scouting reports say that Frazier hits fastballs better than sliders. So Castro feeds Frazier a two-strike slider with two outs and two on, which ended up in the seats.

Dylan Bundy got the start for the Orioles, and while he ended up being ineffective his pitch count was once again an issue. New York hacks and hacks, fouling pitch after pitch off – and raising their opponents’ pitch count. Needless to say, Bundy will be happy his next start won’t come against New York. Bundy’a line: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K.

The teams traded solo homers in the first inning; Judge for New York and Trey Mancini for the Birds. Judge would also smack a two-run shot in the third, and New York took a 3-1 lead. For what it’s worth, both of Judge’s homers came on two-strike counts. So did the aforementioned homer by Frazier.

Renato Nunez‘s fifth inning RBI-single brought the Birds to within 3-2. Two innings later the O’s sent Chris Davis up as a pinch hitter with a runner on third. Davis didn’t get a base hit, however he did get an RBI on a sharp dribbler up the line which was bobbled by the first baseman. That allowed a run to score, tying the game at three. Later in the inning Rio Ruiz would rack on a sac fly-RBI, giving the Birds a 4-3 lead.

Which brings us back to the aforementioned Frazier homer in the eighth. Castro seemed to feel that if he threw a fastball to Frazier the ball would end up traveling a long way. However New York is the type of team that can sense fear. And sure enough, the O’s basically told NY that they didn’t want to throw them a fastball with the game on the line. That was anticipated, and it cost the Orioles.

In fairness to Castro, he had nothing to do with the Orioles going 1-for-14 with RISP. The Orioles has their chances to get, pad, and preserve a lead. They just couldn’t take advantage of the opportunities that they had. It’s tough to win when you can’t get guys in, and that includes leading off two innings with doubles and having the runners die at second.

The O’s will try to salvage one game tomorrow against New York at Camden Yards. David Hess gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by NY’s Domingo German. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Somebody paid

Buck Showalter has often said that eventually somebody’s going to paywhen things would go south for the Baltimore Orioles. This evening, and in reality in this series, somebody finally paid. That somebody was Kansas City. People will point to the first game, in which Kansas City bludgeoned the Birds. But last I checked two-of-three is winning a series.

But at first it appeared that the O’s would drop two-of-three, after Chris Tillman‘s lackluster start. Tillman’s line: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R (5 earned), 3 BB, 0 K. Tillman loaded the bases and gave up a grand slam to Perez in the first inning. And again, following that and following Soler’s two-RBI single in the second, it appeared that it was over for the Orioles.

But the fact is that these Birds battled back. Adam Jones‘ RBI-double in the last of the first cut the lead to 4-1. Manny Machado would later smack a two-run homer, cutting the lead to 4-3. However as I said above, Kansas City would put two more runs up, chasing Tillman.

And the big question surrounding the Orioles now is what to do with Chris Tillman. My personal opinion is that they’ve reached a point where they can’t continue to keep giving him starts. So what next? To the bullpen? Do they DFA him? Does Miguel Castro (who was outstanding in relief and qualified for the win) take his rotation spot? These are all questions that the Orioles will need to answer for themselves. And quickly, at that.

But the O’s weren’t going to be outdone on this night, or in this series. Kansas City might well have taken it to these Birds in game one, but this was the Orioles’ time to shine. Someone was eventually going to pay for what’s been going on. And it ended up being Kansas City.

Adam Jones smacked a two-run homer in the third inning, bringing the Birds to within one. One inning later the O’s had runners at the corners with one out and Chance Sisco coming to the plate. Sisco was sitting on a slider, with the idea being that the pitcher would have wanted him to put it on the ground. Instead, he got a fastball – and he jumped on it in the form of knocking an RBI-double.

That gave the Orioles the lead, but they weren’t done yet. Trey Mancini‘s two-run homer later in that fourth inning, giving the O’s a 9-6 lead. Santander would add an RBI-single in the fifth, and Schoop one of his own in the sixth. When the dust settled, the final score was 11-6.

Offensively the Birds put 14 hits on the board. They also went 6-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Those are two very important stats to keep in mind. Oriole bats came alive, and they picked their teammates up when they got into scoring position. And again defensively, Miguel Castro really picked the Birds and Tillman up.

Again, do Castro and Tillman perhaps switch roles? The Orioles are disappointed in Tillman’s output at this point, and again in my personal view they’ve reached a point where they can no longer allow him to take the ball every fifth day. What happens moving forward is anyone’s guess.

Tomorrow the O’s open up a weekend series at Camden Yards with Tampa, which includes a doubleheader on Saturday. Kevin Gausman gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Jake Faria. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles fall big to Toronto once again

You could almost take yesterday’s result and game and play it forward into today for the Baltimore Orioles. The games were very similar, other than the fact that the Orioles’ starter, Miguel Castro in this case, had a decent outing. Castro’s line: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 Bb, 1 K.

Castro allowed an RBI-single in the first inning to Donaldson, which was the only run he surrendered. Caleb Joseph would proceed to smack an RBI-single in the second, which tied the game at one. The game would be tied until the fourth, when Toronto would score on an RBI-ground out and an RBI-double by Grichuck.

The Birds did try to get back into the game, however. Trey Mancini grounded into an RBI in the sixth, however a Toronto sac fly-RBI. That cut the lead to 3-2, however Toronto wasn’t going to be denied. Runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth, which ran their lead to 8-2. The O’s did make a run of it late, scoring two runs in the ninth.

Castro, for his small part in this game, was very please with the outcome (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

It felt very good today. My knee was good. It didn’t bother me any. That means everything started the right way

However one area where the O’s are struggling right now is something with which they’ve had issues for years: clutch hits in big moments. You can’t leave half an army on the base paths, and the Orioles area starting to do that. But getting that type of thing out of your system is part of what these games are for.

The Orioles will return to Ed Smith Stadium for a spring training “weekend homestand” tomorrow against Pittsburgh (and Sunday against Philadelphia). Jayson Aquino gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Pittsburgh’s Chad Kuhl. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

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