Jimenez on his outing

Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez was hit hard by a sluggish Phillies offense on Wednesday afternoon.

Dominic Brown hit a bases-clearing triple to right field in the first inning, scoring Ben Revere, Freddy Galvis and Ryan Howard. Galvis delivered his own triple the following frame, scoring Revere again for the Phils fourth run off Jimenez in two innings.

“It was a tough day,” Jimenez said. “The first time I got to pitch from the stretch in a game and it got the best of me. I couldn’t find a good release. When I got from the stretch. And that was after the leadoff guy got on base right away, so it was a little bit tough to get in a good rhythm.”

Making his second start since signing a four-year, $52 million contract with Baltimore, Jimenez allowed four runs on four hits with three walks. He threw 50 pitches in the outing and finished up with 15 more in the bullpen, citing the work put it as a positive on the day.

“It doesn’t matter where you are, in spring training or wherever. You never want to give up runs,” he said. “But this is spring training and that’s where it’s going to stay. There’s nothing you can do about it. I got my work in. You’re never happy to give up runs, but you’re here to get your work done and get your arm ready for the regular season.”

All of Jimenez’s runs were two-out runs. Does that make it even more frustrating for the righty?

“I was probably a pitch away from closing the inning, especially in the first inning with the bases loaded,” he said. “I got two outs. But it happened. I left a pitch high and he got a good swing on it.”

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