I hope you’re feeling warmer already because today the Orioles took the field for the first Spring Training game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Sarasota, Florida.
It was homerun derby for the O’s. They ended up with six, but here’s how the game played out.
Baltimore took an early 1-0 lead in the third when Josh Bell drove a solo homer over the right-center field fence off Matt Garza. It’s fitting that the prospect got the Orioles first run of the spring with such a shot. Andy MacPhail was in the radio booth with Joe Angel and Fred Manfra and his excitement for Bell’s at bat was heard over the airwaves. Bell hit another homer in the sixth inning, there was no question about his second one.
In the fourth inning the Orioles increased their lead to 3-0 after Nick Markakis led off with a double, followed by a Miguel Tejada single. After a Matt Wieters‘ fielder’s choice, Luke Scott drove in Tejada and Josh Bell got his second RBI on a sacrifice fly.
Cla Meredith recorded a one, two, three inning when he retired three straight on ground ball outs. Then in the sixth David Hernandez sat three down in a row as well, but he gave up a solo homer in the seventh.
The Rays put one on the board in the fifth inning when Dennis Sarfate gave up two hits and a walk.
Then the airhorn sounded again in the fifth inning when Nick Markakis hit a solo homerun to center field giving the Orioles a 4-1 lead.
Rhyne Hughes got the Orioles third homerun of the day in the sixth inning, giving Baltimore a 5-1 lead, he hit another one in the seventh to secure an 11-2 lead.
Baltimore finished the day with 12 runs scored, topping the Rays 12-2. Their next scheduled broadcast is March 5th at 7 PM against the Pirates.