Adam Jones and the Baltimore Orioles opened the home portion of the exhibition schedule this afternoon in Sarasota. It was what they call a chamber of commerce day in Sarasota, and the Orioles’ faithful once again packed Ed Smith Stadium to see their Birds in the flesh for the first time in 2017. Needless to say, it turned out better than last year’s AL Wild Card game.
Wade Miley gave the Orioles two solid innings, which set the tone for the game. Miley’s line: line: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Jones put the O’s on the board early with his first home run of the spring, giving the Orioles a 1-0 lead. However one inning later Pittsburgh’s Wood knotted the game at one with a solo shot of his own – that appeared to be wind-aided. However the Orioles took the lead back again in the last of that second inning, on a Kim RBI-single.
For awhile, it appeared that the teams were exchanging home runs. Pittsburgh tied it at three in the fourth on an Osuna homer, however one inning later the Birds took a 3-2 lead on Manny Machado‘s first homer of the spring. Pittsburgh would later tie the game again at three, and it appeared the teams were locked in an epic showdown under the Florida sun…
…far from it, in fact. This is spring training; there’s nothing epic or even memorable about it for the most part. However as the regulars began to rotate out of the lineup, the Orioles’ reserves and minor leaguers showed that they had the propensity for the dramatic big inning just as their big league counterparts were.
Aneury Tavarez gave the O’s the lead for good with an RBI-single in the last of the seventh. They would later break the game wide open on Trey Mancini‘s two-RBI single, giving the O’s a 6-3 lead. Later in the inning David Washington would strike out swinging, however the ball would bound away from home plate. Washington ran to first, which allowed the Orioles to score another run when the catcher committed a throwing error. A Giavotella sac fly-RBI would close out the scoring in the Orioles’ 8-3 victory.
Overall, Oriole pitching allowed three runs – two of which were solo homers. And as we know, those rarely hurt you. Granted, starter Wade Miley was the only guy who’s projected to be in the big leagues who played in the game. However thus far in camp the Orioles have shown great pitching depth. That’s only through three games, but it’s something.
The O’s will remain in Sarasota tomorrow as the New York Yankees come to town. Ubaldo Jimenez will get the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Chad Green. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.