Spring Training Game 9: Orioles at Twins

The Birds send their #1, Kevin Millwood, out to the mound to take on – basically – the Twins’ starting line-up and top pitcher (Scott Baker).

The Good:

* Nolan Reimold batting lead-off! I love it. The guy’s best skill is his batting eye, and if Roberts is out then Nolan is 100% the guy I want taking his place in the line-up. As I said previously, you could make the argument that Reimold should be batting first in any case.

* Koji tossed a perfect inning, and struck out two.

* Nick Markakis had two singles in three at bats. Still hasn’t drawn a walk this Spring though (14 plate appearances).

The Bad:

* Robert Andino batting second. HE HAS A CAREER .264 OBP! IT DOESN’T MATTER IF HE’S FAST OR PLAYS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INFIELD! WHAT THE HELL, DAVE? (I usually hate all caps, but I really am yelling all this (to the internet) – sorry.) And no, it doesn’t matter that Andino picked up a couple hits – a triple and a homer – in the game.

* Wow, Kevin. Yikes. 2.2 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. A 29.70 ERA for the Spring. It doesn’t matter, but that still looks bad.

* David Hernandez did strike out 5 in 2.2 innings pitched, but he also gave up 3 runs on 5 hits (including another longball).

* 0-3 for Luke, with a couple of strike-outs. Same for Nolan. Pedro Florimon only needed 2 at bats to K twice.

O’s lose 8-3 in eight innings (they didn’t play a ninth, for some reason). Drops them to 2-7 on the Spring. 18 strikes-outs and just 2 walks between the two teams, with the Twins picking up 17 base-hits and the Orioles 10.