The Baltimore Orioles fell this afternoon in Sarasota, 4-1 to the New York Yankees. However starter Ubaldo Jimenez looked good in his maiden appearance of the spring. Jimenez’s line: 2.0 IP, 3 H 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K.
Jimenez allowed a couple of hits and base runners in the first inning, however pitched out of it and only allowed one run. That came on a fielder’s choice-RBI by judge. During an in-game interview on MASN, manager Buck Showalter said that this spring was the crispest Jimenez has looked (in spring training) since he’s been an Oriole. Showalter went onto remind Orioles fans that the team doesn’t make the post season last year without Jimenez.
The Orioles tied the game at one with a Jonathan Schoop solo homer in the last of the third. However for the most part, Oriole pitching held firm through the game. One thing of note, Chris Davis walked in his first at-bat for the second consecutive game. And that’s a good sign for the Orioles, as the more guys you get on base the more shots you have to put a run across the plate.
Reliever Oliver Drake surrendered a three-run homer in the ninth, which ended up winning the game for New York. However as I always say, keep in mind that pitchers are ahead of hitters at this point in the spring. So while Oriole bats weren’t popping this afternoon, these games are all about getting your timing back.
Southpaw Donnie Hart retired two hitters this afternoon, sending his tally to six up and six down this spring. As you may recall, Showalter really seemed to like Hart and what he brought to the table last August and September. The fact that he’s getting into these early games is a good sign. Whether or not that means he breaks camp with the team is another story. But look for Donnie Hart to have a role this year at some point at the big league level.
The Orioles will tomorrow travel to Clearwater to take on Philadelphia at their spring complex. Mike Wright will get the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Clay Buchholtz. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.