Post-game notes

*Orioles starter Jake Arrieta had another solid spring outing Saturday afternoon, as he continues to make a strong case for the team’s Opening Day starter.

The 26-year-old Arrieta allowed a first-inning run to the Nationals and settled in after that, not allowing another baserunner until the fifth.  He retired 12 in a row at one point and exited after throwing 72 pitches, 40 for strikes in the five-inning outing.

“[I] was throwing across my body a little bit at the start of the game,” Arrieta said. “[It was] Just one of those days in spring where you go out and feel a little bit off physically. Wasn’t tired or didn’t feel bad. Felt a little uncomfortable at the start of the game. Our bullpen mounds here are really high and the game mound is drastically different. That’s a little adjustment there–the first inning. Really just continue to stay on my line and throw across my body is what really helps me refine my rhythm and tempo.”

Arrieta, whose fastball was consistently at 94 mph, also picked up a pair of strikeouts and said his goal moving forward is to throw his breaking ball for strikes.

“That’s really all I want to do from here on out, throw all my pitches,” he said. “Physical strength is there. Everything is there. It’s just a matter of continuing to refine those pitches and get a little bit better out of the stretch and get a little better tempo and really work on keeping that for the entirety of the game.”

*Arrieta was followed by Dontrelle Willis, who had a rocky Orioles’ debut in issuing three consecutive walks in the sixth, leading to two runs (one earned). Willis, who officially signed to a Minor League contract with the Orioles Wednesday, had thrown two bullpens since his arrival and his fastball on Saturday ranged from 82-87 mph according to the stadium radar gun. Working with the bases loaded and no outs, Willis got Jesus Flores to pop up and the Nats pushed a run across on Corey Brown’s groundout. Mark Reynolds’ two-out throwing error allowed a second run to score and Willis –who threw 12 of 28 pitches for strikes –finished up his work in the team’s bullpen.

*Orioles catcher Matt Wieters connected for his second homer of the spring with a three-run shot in the third inning and went 4-for-4 with six  RBIs on Saturday afternoon.

“I think a game or two ago, he was starting to get loaded a little more and not drift [with his stance],” manager Buck Showalter said of Wieters, who entered the game hitting. .129 with one homer and an RBI.  “He knows what he’s doing, but it’s one thing to have your brain and knowledge say one thing and [have] your body cooperate.”

*Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos made a rare visit inside the team’s brand-new clubhouse area prior to Saturday’s game against the Washington Nationals. Angelos, who was joined by his son, Lou –was also in attendance for Friday’s game at Ed Smith Stadium.

“It was great having him here,” manager Buck Showalter said. “The players were excited. Guys who have been here a while, it was really good for them to see [him]. They enjoyed it.”

Angelos has been the organization’s managing partner since August 1993 and typically takes a yearly visit down to Florida for Spring Training.

“He should be very proud of what he accomplished with this locker room and this facility,” Showalter said of the renovations in Sarasota, which has made the Orioles’ spring home a world-class facility. “The [support from the] city, the county and everything and of course Peter had to sign off on finishing off a few things that put it at a little different level. [The] same thing with some of the improvements at Camden Yards.”

“I think a game or two ago, he was starting to get loaded a little more and not drift [with his stance],” manager Buck Showalter said of Wieters, who entered the game hitting. .129 with one homer and an RBI.  “He knows what he’s doing, but it’s one thing to have your brain and knowledge say one thing and [have] your body cooperate.”

2 Comments

Hello and thanks for your insight. I really appreciate your work. Question, What is the status of Ryan Adams? I always thought he’d be the next Brian Roberts.

Thanks,

TimoniumBob

He’s in minors camp. Defense remains an issue. I think everyone knows Ryan Adams can hit.

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