So far this Spring Training, five seems to be the magical number for the Baltimore Orioles as for the third straight game Baltimore scored five runs and for the third straight game the Orioles won, this time beating the New York Yankees 5-1 yesterday afternoon. With the victory, Baltimore improves to 3-0 on the season and will take on the Pittsburgh Pirates today.
Brian Matusz started the game on the mound for Baltimore and pitched well. He threw two scoreless innings, while allowing two hits and striking out one. It was a solid outing for Matusz, but it was just his first outing of the spring, so both he and manager Buck Showalter are not getting too excited about the start, especially considering only two regulars for the Yankees were playing in the game (Gardner and Cervelli).
Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis led the way offensively for the Birds with two hits a piece. Markakis had two singles and an RBI, while Roberts had two doubles and two runs scored. Adam Jones also chipped in an RBI double, Russ Canzler had an RBI single and Nate McLouth, who pinch hit for an 0-2 Nolan Reimold, drilled a two-run double in the fifth inning.
Most of the pitchers who threw for the Orioles yesterday did well, but the only pitcher not to allow a base runner was the right handed minor league veteran Zach Clark, who threw a scoreless eighth inning and allowing no hits or walks and striking out one. When asked about Clark, Showalter stated,
"I can see why people like Zach Clark so much. He's got an idea. He's a baseball player who happens to be a pitcher."
Mike Wright also pitched well allowing just one hit over two scoreless innings with one strike out.
Today the Orioles will make their shortest road trip of the spring when they travel to Bradenton to take on the Pirates. Chris Tillman will start the game on the mound and is expected to pitch two innings, barring a disastrous first inning of work. Baltimore has also announced that Todd Redmond, Steve Johnson, and Dylan Bundy are also scheduled to pitch.
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