As long as we’re still talking about games that don’t count, yesterday should count as a good day for Kevin Gausman and the Baltimore Orioles. Gausman pitched five incredibly solid innings against Detroit, putting the Birds in a spot to win the game. Gausman’s line: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K.
The eight strikeouts really stick out to me. While that will eventually make your pitch count tick up, it also means that Gausman was greasing the strike zone with his pitches. And that’s a good sign for the Orioles’ presumed Opening Day starter.
The O’s took a 1-0 lead in the last of the second on Trey Mancini‘s RBI-double. However that’s all that they were able to muster on the day. And in terms of winning the game, that’s never a good sign.
Detroit tied the game in the sixth with a McCann RBI-single, and later took a 2-1 lead when they netted a run on a double-play. and while Detroit is actually a power-hitting club, that’s very indicative of AL Central baseball. Any run scored in any manner is a small victory. And it drives power-hitting teams like the Orioles crazy.
Detroit would put five more runs on the board in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. This included a two-run home run in the top of the ninth. This came on the heels of a hit batsman, which as we know gives your opponent a free base runner. And the Orioles ended up paying for it.
In terms of wins and losses, the good news is that the “regulars” were already out of the game when Detroit made their run. I put that in quotes because the Orioles haven’t had a full slate of regulars since the beginning of the WBC. The likes of Machado and Castillo will return to camp at some point this week. However Jones and Givens are still playing for Team USA.
All Oriole players have been told to take their time returning to the club once their team’s run is over. It’s not as if guys haven’t been getting their reps in the WBC, so there’s no need to rush them back to get in one extra game or so. In a way, you want to stockpile your rest at this point to prepare for the long season ahead.
The Orioles will head down to Ft. Myers this afternoon for an additional engagement against the BoSox. Wade Miley will get the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Kyle Kendrick. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.