The Orioles won their second game of the Grapefruit League season as they lost to the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, 5-4.
Baltimore showed Boston their B-lineup, as most of the regulars played last night in Sarasota. Starter Dana Evelend gave up a run in two innings; meanwhile, Chris Tillman – who is trying to make the club – struggled, going two innings and giving up three runs (two earned).
However, the highlight of the day was Dylan Bundy, who threw a scoreless inning and retired Jacoby Ellsbury ad Adrian Gonzalez in succession. Well, Bundy will obviously not be coming up to Baltimore on Opening Day; however, based on what I have read in the media, he has shown poise beyond his years. If he keeps this up throughout the minors, Bundy will be in the majors fairly quickly.
From what I’ve heard – Bundy might be the best pitcher in camp as-is right now. That might be an overstatement, but he does look that good.
Wilson Betemit and farmhand Xavier Avery plated two runs each.
Another pitcher who I’ll be watching this Spring is reliever Kevin Gregg. The hurler got shelled yesterday, as he gave up two runs off a homer and struck out three. At this point, it looks as if Jim Johnson will be closing out games unless something crazy happens. I know Gregg has been a tad shaky throughout his career, and I’m not sure that he is all too keen in another role out of the bullpen.
I would think the Orioles also tried to trade him; however, there may not have been any takers. I guess the organization hopes that Gregg figures out and maybe he could be dealt at the deadline later this summer.