Orioles starter Jason Hammel labored through a two-inning stint and was pulled before the third after throwing 59 pitches. After retiring the Red Sox in order in the first, Hammel allowed two runs on three hits and a pair of walks in a 39-pitch second inning. Hammel said afterwards he was pleased with the work he was able to get in, despite running into a lot of deep counts from foul balls.
“It’s frustrating,” he said of only going two innings because of pitch count. “I was making pretty good pitches. A lot of foul balls, extended innings with the heat. You can make all the excuses in the world, but I’m pretty pleased with the work today, no matter what the line would be.
“The slider was real good. The changeup and curveball went missing today, for some reason. I think I was rushing a little bit, but other than that, I’m not disappointed with anything today. I made some good pitches and they fouled them off, and I did what I did when I needed to make a pitch. I feel good.”
“[It was] one of those days where I was making pretty good pitches and they just weren’t putting them in play. I had my share of bad pitches in there, too, but I was just getting my work in and making sure I get to a certain point with the amount of pitches and just getting ready for the season. No reason to get hurt.”