Baltimore Orioles: Nine-run fifth sinks Birds

The good news for the Baltimore Orioles are that the games still don’t count for now, and yesterday’s game didn’t include many pitchers who’s expected to be on the big league roster. Tyler Wilson still has a shot, however he looked fairly solid overall. WIlson’s line: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Whether Wilson ends up in the bullpen or starting at Triple-A is anyone’s guess.

Wilson gave up a home run in the third, which was a solo shot. Other than that, he looked great. The Birds would get that run back in the bottom of the inning when Hardy reached on an error, allowing a run to score. The O’s would proceed to manufacture four runs in the last of the fourth. And that’s a good sign; that they’re able to score without homers, that is.

So the O’s led 5-1 after a big inning, and it appeared that they were set to go in terms of winning the game. What you look for is a big inning and the Orioles got that, right?! Yes, but then the fifth inning came around…

…and that was Boston’s time to shine. A four-run inning is a “big inning.” A nine-run inning is gargantuan. Boston’s Leon came to bat twice in the inning, and homered both times. The second one was a grand slam, which obviously attests for four of the runs right there. But at the end of the day, you’d rather not be on the other end of an inning like that.

First off, sometimes things like that happen in baseball. So you have to start there; everyone’s going to have their moment in the sun so to speak. However as I said above, I suspect that most of the guys throwing at that stage of the game are going to be farmhands when all is said and done. Granted that might make you wonder who the O’s have in the pipeline, but odds are it’s not really a harbinger for what’s to come this year.

The good news for the Birds is that they battled back a bit, and ended up falling 11-9. Craig Gentry smacked a homer in that mix, and I have to believe that the O’s are going to find a way to carry him on the roster. He’s had a great spring, and he has speed on the base paths that the Birds desperately need. That’s just one of many tough decisions the O’s have to make this week.

The Orioles will head over to Orlando this afternoon for their first and only meeting with the Atlanta Braves this spring. Wade Miley gets the start, and he’ll be opposed by Atlanta’s Adonis Garcia. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

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