Spring Training Game 28: Orioles at Yankees

Alfredo Simon gets the start against the Yankees, with O’s nemesis Andy Pettitte going for New York. Last year, Simon had a decent Spring an won a job in the Orioles rotation… as the #3 starter! Now he’s what, 10th on the depth chart maybe? Progress!

The Good:

* Brian Roberts singled and walked in three plate appearance from the lead-off spot before being replaced by Robert Andino, who had a 2 RBI single himself. I’m cautiously optimistic about Roberts given that he’s played in a few games this Spring without any major issues.

* Nolan Reimold, Miguel Tejada, and Matt Wieters each picked up two hits, with Nolan also adding a stolen base. No need for him to be running if the Achilles is still recovering though – an extra couple steals isn’t nearly with the injury risk.

* Overall, the offense pounded out 15 hits, though only two were for extra bases (doubles by Pie and Caleb Joseph).

The Bad:

* Simon showed why he’s now so far down on the depth chart, giving up a four-spot in the first inning. He settled down after that with three scoreless, but the damage was done.

* 31 year-old submarining righty reliever Andy Mitchell (?) tried to lock down the 9th inning, but gave up two runs while getting only two outs.

The Final:

The O’s bats got them out of an early 4-0 hole, but they ended up blowing a 6-4 lead in the last frame. The game ended in a 6-6 tie because, hey, why play extras when you’re going to see each other 19 times in the regular season anyway? That makes the Orioles record an unusual looking 11-16-1.