Baltimore Orioles score one for the US of A

The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Dominican Repubic National Baseball team and their hot shot third baseman, Manny Machado, yesterday afternoon by the sore of 5-4. Yes, I just wrote that, and no it’s not backwards day! International competition can sometimes provide us with strange visuals in sports, and the image of Machado at Ed Smith Stadium in the visitors’ third base side dugout in road grays competing against the Orioles is one of them.

Kevin Gausman got the start for the Orioles against his teammate and the Dominican Republic, and he was strong from the beginning. Gausman’s line: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Gausman continued a “tradition” of sorts with Orioles starters looking good in their muted outings in these spring training games. I suspect that towards the end of this week or over the weekend starters will start going four or five innings as we get into the meat of the Grapefruit League season.

The Birds took a 2-0 lead in the last of the third on Kim’s two-RBI single. The DR would tie it in the sixth on a walk with the bases loaded, and a wild pitch. However the Orioles’ Perez would give them the lead back in the last of the eighth on his infield RBI-single.

However in the ninth inning the DR would strike for two runs. Cruz’s RBI-single tied the game, and Marte reached on an E5 which scored a run and gave them a 4-3 lead. It’s important to note that the Orioles played this like one would play a traditional spring training game. The starters got a few innings and were lifted. However the DR’s team is in essence an all-star team stacked with big leaguers – such as Machado and Cruz. So at the end when the DR had a few reserves in against the Orioles’ reserves, they were still big leaguers in a sense.

However the Birds ended up prevailing none the less. Rickard laid down a sacrifice bunt, which resulted in a throwing error (E1). That allowed the tying run to score, and with Mancini at the plate Washington was able to score on a wild pitch to win the game for the Orioles.

I suppose it’s fun to say that the Birds represented America in this game, and in a sense they did. But this is a DR team full of their friens and peers, so it’s not quite that intense. However as I said above, this was an Orioles team at the end full of reserves. And they made the most of it.

After the game manager Buck Showalter was asked what the strangest part of a somewhat strange gameday was, and he didn’t hesitate (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

Watching Manny play for another team. Not much fun.

Showalter went onto say that he knows what a big deal it is for Machado to represent his family’s home country. But at the end of the day, Manny’s an Oriole. And he’ll return to Ed Smith Stadium at some point and still be an Oriole.

The Birds will remain in Sarasota this afternoon to take on the Toronto Blue Jays, in the final game before an off day tomorrow. Wade Miley gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Mat Latos. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.


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