David Washington is quietly having a very good spring for the Baltimore Orioles. While it’s hard to get overly excited about a wind-aided off home run in a spring training game, a walk off home run is a walk off home run. It allowed the Orioles to defeat Pittsburgh yesterday, 7-6.
Starter Mike Wright was slated to go four innings yesterday, however his pitch count seemed destined to prevent him from doing so. Wright’s line: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 earned), 1 BB, 0 K. Wright had a few struggles in the game, however one thing that was good to see was that he kept his composure. That’s been an issue here and there for the young right-hander.
The Orioles got things going early on RBI-singles by Kim and Trumbo in the last of the first, and they led 2-0. However Pittsburgh would take those two runs and raise the Orioles to three with an RBI-single and a two-RBI single in the second. Obviously they came to play, not go away.
With Pittsburgh leading 4-2 in the sixth, the Orioles started battling back themselves. Giavotella’s RBI-single cut the lead to 4-3, and he would later score on Santander’s two-run homer which gave the Birds the lead back at 5-4. However Pittsburgh would later tie the game, and then in the top of the ninth take the lead with an RBI-double.
But the home team bats last, and that’s where Washington’s heroics came in. At first it appeared to be a lazy fly ball to right field, however it got into the wind and it carried out. And that can happen in spring training quite frequently. In that case, it obviously benefited the Orioles.
The Orioles also made some news yesterday when they re-signed Pedro Alvarez (to a minor league deal). It’s unclear whether or not Alvarez is expected to break camp with the club or how long he might be in the big leagues when he comes up, but somehow I don’t see him staying in the minors for too long. My personal opinion is that he’s an Oriole on day one.
The O’s will head back down the pike to Fort Myers this afternoon to take on the Minnesota Twins. Dylan Bundy will get the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Minnesota’s Phil Hughes. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.