Seth Smith smacked his first spring training home run as a member of the Baltimore Orioles, as the Birds defeated Toronto 6-4 yesterday afternoon. I know that I always say wins and losses mean nothing here in spring training. However until they came into Ed Smith Stadium yesterday afternoon, I didn’t realize that Toronto had only won two games on the spring. So they’ve definitely been struggling.
In contrast, the O’s moved their record to 7-5 with yesterday’s victory. Again, it’s a meaningless stat. But if you’re going to play these games that literally don’t count, you might as well win them.
Wade Miley turned in another strong performance as a starter for the Orioles. Miley’s line: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. The starting pitching has been very solid for the O’s thus far, and that’s a great sign. Does that mean that it translates into a solid year for starting pitching come the regular season? Not in the least. But it’s a good sign. Needless to say, we aren’t sitting here talking about how suspect Oriole pitching has been.
The O’s took an early 2-0 lead in the last of the first when Trumbo smacked an RBI-single, and Kim added a sac fly-RBI. Craig Gentry would add a three-run homer in the last of the second, which broke the game wide open in the Orioles’ favor at 5-0. Three innings later, it was the aforementioned Smith’s turn, as his solo shot made it 6-0.
Smith is a guy that the Orioles brought in this off season for defensive and OBP purposes. But occasionally he’ll put one over the fence as well. So the Orioles won’t commplain when that does occasionally happen. Unfortunately for Smith this one came with nobody on base, but that’s life…!
Toronto would muster four runs in the sixth and seventh innings, however the Orioles were able to hold on in the end for the win. Again, wins and losses don’t mean much here. However for what it’s worth the Orioles sit smack in the middle of the Grapefruit League “standings.”
And with that said, the Birds have arrived at the first break in the schedule. Today is an off day for the Orioles, and there’s no game scheduled. Normally teams get one day off during spring training. But this year with the WBC teams are getting two. The Birds have one now, and one towards the end of spring training.