Spring Training Game 23: Orioles vs. Red Sox

David Hernandez, who apparently still has a fair chance at the 5th rotation spot, gets the start. He’s had a good Spring, minus the home run issue that also plagued him last year.

The Good:

* Hernandez was excellent, shutting the Sox out for 5 innings with 6 strike-outs. He allowed 4 hits (all singles) and 2 walks, though the 7 flyouts to 2 groundouts wasn’t fantastic.

* The bullpen had another good day, with Cla Meredtih (three groundouts), Will Ohman, and Alberto Castillo all pitching perfect innings.

* Garrett Atkins went 3-4 at the plate, including a double off of John Lackey.

* Justin Turner, playing second-base, picked up a couple of hits and drove in 3 runs. I doubt he makes the team, but next year he might be looking at a utility spot once Wiggy’s gone.

The Bad:

* More than one walk – from pinch-hitter Jeff Salazar – would have been nice.

The Final:

The Orioles pick up with the 6-1 win. That moves them to 10-13 overall on the Spring, and 2-1 against the Red Sox (with one game to go against Boston).