ORIOLES QUICK WRAP
Score: Orioles 6, Pirates 5
Recap: Tyler Wilson allowed one run and two hits in three innings, retiring the last seven batters he faced. Matt Joyce homered with two outs in the first and Michael Morse doubled. Chris Davis had an RBI double in the fourth and Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer, his fourth longball of the spring to go with 12 RBIs. Jonathan Schoop hit a solo homer in the fifth and J.J. Hardy homered for the first time this spring leading off the seventh. T.J. McFarland tossed two scoreless innings. Brad Brach allowed a run and four hits in the sixth inning, but Zach Britton struck out the side in the seventh. Darren O’Day allowed a run in the eighth on Danny Ortiz’s RBI single and was replaced with two outs. Mychal Givens let both inherited runners score on a game-tying two-run triple by former Oriole Pedro Florimon. Joey Rickard hit a walk-off single in the ninth.
Need to know: Wilson threw 29 pitches in the first, but finished with only 43 in three innings. The last three Orioles starters have allowed home runs in the first inning, including Mike Wright and Miguel Gonzalez. Four of the first six Pirates outs came on ground balls to first baseman Chris Davis. Wilson was hit on the left wrist by Chris Stewart’s comebacker in the second, but the ball caught part of his glove and he stayed in the game after head athletic trainer Richie Bancells checked on him. Matt Wieters flied out in his first three at-bats in his return to the lineup as DH before striking out in the eighth. Britton and O’Day pitched on back-to-back days for the first time. Today’s attendance: 7,902, the eighth sellout of the spring.
On deck: Friday, vs. Yankees in Sarasota, 1:05 p.m. (game on MASN)
Trumbo also has singled today.
Schoop led off the fifth inning with a long home run to left field, his third of the spring. J.J. Hardy cleared the center field fence against former Oriole Jorge Rondon leading off the bottom of the seventh, his first of the spring.
Caleb Joseph singled in the fifth and has three hits over the past two days.
T.J. McFarland tossed two scoreless innings after allowing four earned runs (five total) and six hits over two frames in his last appearance versus the Rays.
Tyler Wilson retired the last seven batters he faced and allowed one run over three innings. Here’s a sampling of his comments after leaving the game.
On shortened outing: “I honestly wasn’t sure. I just kind of go ... Wally (Dave Wallace) came over and we talked before the game and he said that we were probably only going to go a couple today for whatever reason, but I told him, ‘I’ll go until you tell me to stop.’ I don’t know what their plans are exactly.”
On his start: “I felt good. I had to find the bottom of the zone a little bit early. The ball had good life to it in the bottom of the zone. I just left a couple pitches up. Obviously, that pitch to (Matt) Joyce was a sinker that didn’t sink. I left it up in the zone. I wanted to try to run it off the plate before I went back in there, but he put a good swing on it. That’s my fault early in the game. Other than that, I felt like my stuff was really good down in the zone. Got a lot of ground balls and weak contact like that to the right side is what I’m looking for.”
On being hit by Chris Stewart’s comebacker: “We went away and then tried to bust him in on the second pitch. It was 1-1 at that point, and then tried to run the ball off the plate and he didn’t come off that outside fastball. It’s just one of those where, a lot of times when the ball comes out of your hand, you can just see the way the swing is going that it’s going to be one that comes back at you, but he put a good swing on it and I’m just glad I have all my teeth.”
On where the ball struck him: “It got me right on the (left) wrist, just on the heel of my hand.”
On whether he could have gone another inning: “Yeah, I felt great, I felt great. Obviously, in the first inning, there were some deep counts and that’s not what you’re looking for, especially in the first inning of the game. But we settled back in and had some quick innings in the second and third to salvage my pitch count. I felt great. I felt like I could have gone again.”
On whether he’s competing for rotation spot: “I feel like I’m pitching every day to try and help the team. I definitely want to get better every single day, like we all do. Obviously, I’d love to make the team. It’s their decision, and it’s outside my control, so I just go out every day and give it everything I can and compete.”
On whether he’s changing his approach based on major league experience: “Definitely. The experience at that level is invaluable. To be able to come in and kind of have some expectations, and more importantly a rapport with the guys, having played with those guys, those relationships are more important than anything, so I felt great coming into camp and still feel that way. Just trying to get better every day.”
On keeping Chris Davis busy at first base: “He won’t flip me a ball, though. (laughs) He wants to field it and take it on his own. Obviously, everybody raves about our defense because it’s obviously so great, so to be able to throw all those guys ground balls, I’m happy to do it.”
On building off a good start: “Everybody’s getting after it down here. Everybody’s working hard every single day and is working on something or another to be ready for the season when the games really matter. That’s obvious with the way the guys go about their approaches on the back fields when nobody’s watching. Obviously, it’s great to build off of good starts. It’s also equally important to have that situation in a game where there’s runners on and learn how to pitch out of it and get a double play ball rather than trying to strike a guy out or early contact.
“Those are the types of experiences that spring training is for. If you go smooth sailing through 15 innings in spring training and then all of a sudden the first inning on opening day you’ve got men on first and second with nobody out, how do you manage the game? That’s the ultimate goal in pitching is how do you get outs? How do you manage the damage in a situation? It’s easy to pitch when it’s just going 1-2-3, so that’s a positive thing to take out of a rough start.”