The Baltimore Orioles surrendered 12 runs in the sixth inning of yesterday’s 15-6 loss to Tampa. That’s not going to win you many games. However once again, the Birds had sent two low-A farmhands out in that inning against a big league lineup. So it’s tough to expect much more.
Kevin Gausan seemed a little wayward in his final spring start, however his outing was shortened by having to throw more pitches due to errors being committed behind him. Gausman’s line: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 earned), 4 BB, 5 K. Gausman’s next start of course will be Monday at Camden Yards on Opening Day.
Kim and Dickerson each notched homers for the Birds, however it was an otherwise forgettable day. Showalter said after the game that it was obvious that guys were ready to go home. That means they’re ready to head north. It won’t be long.
The Orioles also put Aneury Tavarez on waivers, which means that any team who claims him has to keep him in the big leagues since he was a Rule 5 pick. If nobody claims him, he can go back to the Boston organization and be sent to the minors. The Orioles of course are notorious for keeping Rule 5 guys over the course of a season, however it didn’t appear to be in the cards this year.
The Birds have one final game in Sarasota this afternoon against Detroit before they forally break camp. They’ll make a quick stop in Norfolk on Friday to play the Tides, however that’s weather permitting. They’re calling for rain in the Hampton Roads, VA area on Friday afternoon. The Orioles would be fine with not playing that game, as they’re just trying to get home without sustaining a serious injury at this point!
Detroit comes to town for the final Grapefruit League game this afternoon. Dylan Bundy will get the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Matt Boyd. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.