The Baltimore Orioles improved to 5-0 on the Spring yesterday as they won both of their split squad games as they beat the New York Yankees 10-7 in the afternoon, and beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3 in the night cap. Steve Pearce went 2-3 with three RBI against the Yankees, while Chris Davis hit the go ahead opposite field two-run home run against the Red Sox.
It was quite a busy day for the Orioles yesterday as half the team hit the road to take on the Bronx Bombers for the second time in a few days, and Baltimore sent Jake Arrieta to the bump for the start. Arrieta struggled as he surrendered three earned runs during his 1 2/3 innings pitched while allowing two hits, two walks and striking out zero. Baltimore did have three pitchers that shined however, as Dylan Bundy, Todd Redmond, and Steve Johnson combined for six innings pitched, while allowing zero runs, five hits, two walks and striking out seven. Redmond got credit for the win, while both he and Johnson struck out three each and all three pitchers threw two innings a piece and pitched very well.
As their ten run outburst would imply, the offense performed very well which was led by Pearce with his two hits and three RBI, but Conor Jackson and Luis Exposito had nice games as well. Jackson went 2-4 with a double, two runs scored and one RBI, while Exposito went 1-3 with two RBI. Pearce now has six RBI this spring.
The other half of the Orioles squad stayed home at Ed Smith Stadium as they played host to another division foe in the Red Sox, and sent Chris Tillman to the mound for the start. Tillman, although he did not allow a run, reached his pitch count before he could get out of the second inning as he finished his night throwing 1 2/3 innings allowing one hit, two walks and struck out one. Zach Britton, who was supposed to start Tuesday's game that was postponed, threw two innings and allowed two hits, one of which was a solo home run, walked none and struck out three. Pedro Strop had his best outing of the spring thus far as he got the save pitching a scoreless ninth inning allowing one hit, but striking out the side.
As mentioned before, Davis led the way offensively with his go ahead opposite field two-run home run, but Matt Wieters and Taylor Teagarden had very nice nights as well. Wieters went 2-2 with an RBI and Teagarden went 1-2 with two RBI. Brian Roberts continued to look good at the plate as he went 1-3 on the night and is 3-8 thus far this spring. Nolan Reimold, coming back from neck fusion, has yet to collect a hit (0-7) this spring, but the fact that he has been able to play means he has not gotten hurt yet, which is a plus.
We know it is just Spring Training, but anytime you can beat both the Yankees and Red Sox in the same day is a great day for an Orioles fan!
Baltimore will hit the road today as they travel to Fort Myers to take on the Minnesota Twins and the Orioles are sending Jair Jurrjens to the mound for his second start of the spring. The Orioles have also announced that both Tommy Hunter and Kevin Gausman are scheduled to throw multiple innings in today's game.
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