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Baltimore Orioles: Mike Wright helped to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat

The Baltimore Orioles didn’t defeat the Tampa Rays this evening at Tropicana Field. I mean…they did, but they didn’t. Until they did again. If you’re confused, it was that type of game. And the unsung hero was Mike Wright.

Andrew Cashner turned in yet another quality start for the Orioles, but ended up with a no decision. Cashner’s line: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 2 K. Overall, the defense failed Orioles’ pitching this evening. Yet as a team, the Orioles overcame their own shoddy defense.

The O’s led the game off with back-to-back home runs on back-to-back pitches by Tim Beckham and Adam Jones. However Tampa came right back and tied it at two in the last of the first on RBI-singles by Bauer and Wendle. Sandwiched between those was a throwing error, the first of five committed by the Orioles in the game. However the O’s got the lead back in the fourth on a solo homer by Mark Trumbo.

As is par for the course for them, Tampa thought small while the Orioles had eyeballs the size of quarters at the plate. But the Birds left two runners on base in the seventh, only to watch Tampa catch just about every break in the book in the bottom of the inning. Beckham committed an error by slipping on the infield dirt with a runner on and one out – a play that would have had the Orioles out of the inning had the double-play been turned. But you can never assume the double-play; so at worst, it should have been a runner on first with two outs.

Perez’s subsequent sac fly-RBI tied the game back up at three. One inning later, Gomez’s RBI-double (a softly-hit ball, I might add) gave Tampa a 4-3 lead. The speedy Gomez simply got around first base expediently, and was able to slide in safely at second. Needless to say, given the fact that it was late in the game, that felt like a death blow for the Birds in this game…

…that is, until it wasn’t. First off, Tampa had a shot at making that into a big inning. However Mike Wright shut them down to close out the inning, which as I said above made him one of the unsung hero’s of this game. He did give up a run, however Tampa’s runs can be so fluky that you can almost look past that. He got the Orioles out of the inning and kept the game at a one-run margin.

The Birds put two runners in scoring position with nobody down in the top of the ninth. Trey Mancini came to the plate, and proved to be clutch. His two-RBI double gave the Birds a 5-4 lead. The O’s did make it interesting in the top of the ninth. Through errors they allowed the go-ahead run to get on base, but they were able to record the final out and close out a 5-4 win.

Make no mistake that Wright’s effort in the eighth saved the game for the Orioles. Or won it for them – depending on how you look at it. Most game stories are going to talk about Mancini among others – along with Cashner. But make no mistake that Mike Wright’s effort shouldn’t go unnoticed.

The series at Tropicana Field concludes tomorrow night. David Hess gets the start for the Orioles, and Tampa is yet to announce a starter. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles lifted on six run sixth inning over Boston

The Baltimore Orioles didn’t look at first like a team destined to win this afternoon in spring training. Mike Wright struggled in what could have been his final opportunity to wow the coaching staff, and Boston was scoring left and right. Wright’s line: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R (6 earned), 2 BB, 4 K.

The odds of Wright making the roster as a starter weren’t good after the O’s signed Cobb, however he still had/has a shot as a reliever. Now that said, nothing is set in stone as of yet. And in fact, the O’s will need to break camp with a fifth starter penciled in, because Cobb won’t be ready.

Wright surrendered four runs in the second inning to a Boston lineup that seemed ready to play from the opening bell this afternoon. But the O’s got themselves on the board in the last of that second inning on a two-run homer to cut the lead to 4-2. Boston would add a run back in the third, and two more in the fifth. That would end Wright’s day.

However the last of the fifth brought a foreshadowing of the rest of the game. Chance Sisco smacked a two-RBI double that cut the lead to 7-4. Sisco would come up to bat again an inning later, beginning what ended up being the inning that decided the game. His two-RBI double brought the Birds to within 7-6. They would later tie the game on a Santander RBI-single, and take the lead on a fielder’s choice-RBI.

Manny Machado‘s RBI-double and Jonathan Schoop‘s sac fly-RBI would round out the Orioles’ scoring on the afternoon. As lackluster as Wright looked, fans should take promise in the fact that the offense sprang to life in that manner. That’s exactly what the O’s will need to do consistently if they’re going to do anything this season.

Going back to Wright and that fifth rotation spot, they won’t need a fifth starter in theory until the second weekend of the season – Saturday afternoon in New York (due to the off day after Opening Day). That could change depending on the weather, but that’s how it stacks up now. So whomever the “fifth starter” is, might only make one start. It could also end up being a spot start out of the bullpen.

The O’s will remain in Sarasota tomorrow as they take their last turn at the Tampa Rays this spring. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the Orioles, and Tampa is yet to announce a starter. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles, Mike Wright open Grapefruit League schedule

The Baltimore Orioles will finally open the Grapefruit League schedule this afternoon with Mike Wright on the mound against Tampa. How long Wright is in the game today remains to be seen – I’m anticipating two innings. I would also expect the regular field players to be in perhaps five or six innings – maybe three turns at the plate or so. So goes MLB spring training.

This afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium the O’s are going to play perhaps the biggest baseball game in the history of western civilization. At least the biggest game for today at least. Let’s be frank; these games themselves don’t really provide players with a “big game” kind of feel, or “big game experience.” But for someone like Mike Wright, who could very well be battling for the fifth starter’s slot, it is a big game. Anytime you step on the field against another team it’s a big game.

It’s also a big game for the likes of Manny Machado and Tim Beckham. As we all know by now, Machado will be the team’s starting shortstop this year, while Beckham will be manning third base. Mark my words that at some point fans will laud Dan Duquette for acquiring Beckham. He fit in well with Baltimore almost immediately, and became a quick fan favorite. He also gets on base and is very quick. That’s exactly what the Orioles need.

However he’s played only five games at the hot corner in his career. So spring training is of supreme importance to him this year so as to get ready for the regular season. And the same goes for Machado, who will need to re-acclimate himself to shortstop. You also have Chris Davis, who’s coming off of a disappointing offensive year. However Davis claims that he’s changed his approach at the plate over the course of off season training, and will be more aggressive this year at the plate – as opposed to looking at called strike threes.

While the pomp and pageantry of spring Opening Day isn’t anything near what the Orioles will see next month at Camden Yards, it’s always exciting to see the games begin. The O’s will join all MLB clubs today in wearing the caps of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball team today during the game. That of course is the school that was attacked senselessly last week in a mass shooting.

So here we go! The Orioles take on the Tampa Rays this afternoon in Grapefruit League game one. The aforementioned Mike Wright will be on the mound for the O’s. He’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Yonny Chirinos. For what it’s worth, Tampa will be in a split squad situation today, with presumably most of their B-team heading to Ed Smith Stadium. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Mike Wright leads the way and the day

Behind a solid effort by starter Mike Wright, the Baltimore Orioles avenged an earlier spring training loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Okay, perhaps that’s a bit overly melodramatic. It might even be overly melodramatic to say that the O’s defeated Philadelphia in front of a sun-splashed crowd on a chamber of commerce day in Sarasota. These games don’t count – remember?!

But the Orioles do have a few things about which to get excited in this game, starting with their starter. Wright’s line: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K. The lone run Wright surrendered was on a Coghlan RBI-single, which scored Alther – who had reached on a HBP. Ironically, Alther didn’t react like he thought the pitch hit him, but the umpire gave him first base. Nevertheless, Wright pitched out of it, indicating that mentally he might be in a better position that he was in the past.

The Orioles evened the game on a Castillo RBI-double in the last of the fourth. It was wind-aided for sure, although not how one might think. The wind turned it into a lazy pop fly to left, and the fielder dove and had the ball pop up and smack him in the fact. it was ruled a double, and the game was tied.

Philadelphia would re-take the lead in the sixth on a Rupp homer, however Janish’s sac fly-RBI in the last of the seventh tied it again (at two). Later in the inning, Schafer’s comebacker was knocked down in the infield, with the bases loaded. That forced in what ended up being the winning run, and the O’s had themselves a 3-2 victory in spring training.

Again folks, the wins and losses aren’t important here. What is important is the fact that Wright looked good. Also noteworthy were the performances of Darren O’Day and Donnie Hart. O’Day struck out two, and Hart one. Neither surrendered a hit, walk, or run. We know O’Day will be on the final roster, however as I’ve written before Showalter really liked using Donnie Hart late in the season last year. He showed a lot of value to the team, and Showalter seemed to trust him coming out of the bullpen in later innings.

The Orioles will look a lot different after today, as the likes of Machado, Jones, Givens, Nuno, and Castillo will depart to play for their respective countries in the WBC. This means opportunity for quite a few younger players, who will replace these guys in games. However it also means that the games after they return become all that more important for team-building.

The Orioles will head to Lakeland tomorrow to take on the Detroit Tigers. Dylan Bundy will get the start for the Orioles, however Detroit has not yet named a starter. game time is set for just after 1 PM.

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