Written by Tony Pente
The Orioles won both split squad games on Wednesday beating the Yankees 10-7, and teh Red Sox 5-3 at home.
Notes and observations:
- Jake Arrieta struggled with his command and was pulled due to his pitch count before raching the second inning. He allowed three runs on two hits and two walks, but he was hitting mid-90s on his fastball.
- TJ McFarlane was not impressive giving up a two-run triple and a walk while retiring just one batter.
- Steve Johnson, the forgotten man in the 5th starter's competion, went two shutout inning strikingout three. He may not be forgotten much longer if Arrieta and Britton keep having command issues.
- Todd Redmond also threw two scoreless inning striking out three.
- Devin Jones was brought over for an inning and struggled allowing three runs before being replaced by Branden Kline who recorded a save despite allowing a hit and walk before getting teh last out of the game.
- Steve Pearce went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.
Notes and observations (From Frobby):
- BRob looks to be in much better physical condition this year. Last year he looked a bit hollow and phlegmatic, this year he physically resembles his old self. That doesn't mean he'll play like it, but it's a start. He did a nice job starting a DP after fielding a grounder towards the 1B side.
- Markakis looked thicker in the trunk and upper legs to me than in past years.
- Davis made a nice pick on Hardy's DP relay. So far, he looks better at 1B this year than he did last spring. And, his opposite field homer was vintage Davis.
- I didn't like what I saw from Britton, he didn't seem to have good command at all. But, it's early.
- Real nice outing from Patton, coming in with the bases loaded and only one out and getting a strikeout and a weak grounder. He got fatigued the next inning when his pitch count was around 25, but that's not surprising.
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