O’s Lose to Florida in Extra Frames; The Future is Looking Bright…

This afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles lost to the Florida Marlins, 3-2, in ten innings thanks a solo-game winning home run by Robert Andino in the tenth inning off reliever Ross Wolf.

Brad Bergesen started the game for Baltimore and went four innings, and gave up two runs. Andino and Jay Gibbons drove both of Florida’s runs in the second inning. The Oriole relief corps would keep the team into the game until they tied it in the ninth inning. Brian Bass, Wilfredo Perez, Kam Mickolio, Bob McCrory and Alberto Castillo each threw a scoreless inning.

Baltimore scored in the first inning as Florida’s Cameron Maybin misplayed a Lou Montanez flyball that plated Scott Moore — who reached a via a double.

The Orioles tied the game in the ninth inning as Matt Wieters doubled in Nolan Remold with outs.

Well, although most do not expect Baltimore to contend this season, or even next, it’s nice to see Spring Training usher in so much promise for the organization. The competition between the pitchers — especially the young arms so far — has given a lot of hope for us fans that the losing may come to an end sooner rather than later.

Honestly, one could say that Matusz could find himself in the majors sooner rather than later, but right now, the team is going to take their time with him and have him start maybe in Bowie and work his way up.

Or Brad Bergesen? How about Jake Arrieta? Chris Tillman? Wilfredo Perez? One could even consider Red Sox cast-off David Pauley.

Right now, I really a see a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the losing. The team is doing things right and although the AL East is tough — from here on out, it will be — the Orioles are closer to respectability than we think.