ORIOLES QUICK WRAP
Score: Yankees 6, Orioles 0
Recap: Bud Norris left today’s game after 1 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and throwing 60 pitches, but he felt good physically. Kevin Gausman gave up one run over two innings. Ryan Webb gave up two runs in the eighth. Alex Gonzalez and Henry Urrutia each had two hits, as the Orioles dropped their third consecutive game.
Need to know: Urrutia made a baserunning mistake in the first inning that served as a valuable lesson moving forward - and backward. Urrutia rounded second base on Steve Pearce’s long fly ball to left and failed to step on the bag as he retreated to first, resulting in the final out after the Yankees’ appealed. Third baseman Eduardo Nunez spotted the blunder right away and pointed to second.
On deck: Friday, at Twins in Fort Myers, 1:05 p.m.
TAMPA - The Orioles continue to trail the Yankees 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Henry Urrutia is 2-for-3 with a single and a double off the left field fence.
Urrutia is 6-for-19 with two doubles and an RBI this spring.
Kevin Gausman allowed one run and one hit, walked one and threw a wild pitch over two innings. He’s given up two runs and four hits in seven spring innings.
Bud Norris said he felt good physically today, which was more important than the numbers. He allowed three runs and four hits in 1 2/3 innings. He threw 60 pitches, 35 for strikes.
“I felt good. That was the No. 1 thing, to go out there and compete,” he said.
“I didn’t feel that I was that wild, but I threw competitive pitches that were pretty close. Had a good plan. First time working with Caleb (Joseph), which was nice. He was good back there. I just felt like I was close to the corners, but just not quite getting them. I kind of rushed the PFP. I felt like I kind of got stuck. A couple of situationals there, but for the most part felt pretty good, so that’s good.”
Pitchers this time of the spring aren’t as consumed with results, especially if they figure to have a spot locked up on the team. Giving up runs is going to happen. As Norris said, “It’s part of spring training.
“You’re really trying to go out there and get early outs and stuff like that. That second inning, great pitch, the guy (Zoilo Almonte) hits a ground ball double, which is a good piece of swinging. Ahead of (Brett) Gardner 2-1, too, and tried to punch him away and threw him a high fastball, got the barrel on it. Like I said, little things here and there.
“One pitch in a certain situation can really change an inning for that matter, so you can look over it, you can kind of go over it. Like I said, I felt good. I worked well. The fastball was close. I didn’t feel like I was missing by a lot. Some competitive pitches that didn’t go my way.”
Norris referenced the PFP, which stands for pitchers fielding practice. He came up with Derek Jeter’s bouncer to the mound and threw wide of third base.
“I had it in my glove and then I kind of bobbled it,” Norris said. “Literally, my thumb kind of stuck in my glove, and then it was too late, so I couldn’t even stop at that point. We practiced those plenty in spring training, so I’m sure I’ll probably hear from the guys tomorrow, but like I said, in a game scenario, you’ve got to be able to shut that play down and get the out. Like I said, going through all these baseball motions, so that was good.”
Norris did a nice job of controlling the damage in the first, permitting only one run despite loading the bases with one out and throwing 3 pitches.
“Absolutely,” he said. “It’s not really pretty sometimes. Any pitcher will tell you that. Like I said, you’re trying to get zeroes on the board and to get away with only one run, it wasn’t pretty, but to keep a game close in the American League East, they’re going to have some bigger innings. But to put up one compared to a four spot is a big story. I was happy with the one and I’ll go from there.”