O’s continue hot start, take second spring game 10-6

The Baltimore Orioles are turning spring into an exhibition of their minor league system, and boy, is it exciting.

A different lineup to start the day leads to similar results for the Orioles, as they scored 10 runs again, this time with 14 hits, four of them for extra bases. 

Dean Kremer would start on the mound for the Birds. He seemed a bit rusty, giving up a home run over two innings. Though he threw only 22 pitches, he would collect only 11 strikes. 

Kremer seemed to still be getting used to the pitch clock, and it appears it might have been part of the rust for the game, though the outing wasn’t bad.

“I rushed myself just a tad just to make sure I was ready,” Kremer said. “But every time I looked up and I saw nine seconds, I was like, ‘Oh, better go.'”

Of the pitchers who followed Kremer today, Cade Povich, probably generated the most excitement. He would pitch two innings, giving up one hit. He struck out three and was aided by a smoothly turned double play from up and coming phenom Jackson Holliday and top 30 prospect César Prieto.

After the game, Hyde commented on the outing from the youngster, Povich.

“I can see why people have such high hopes for him,” Hyde said.

Terrin Vavra, once again, is making a strong push to make the Opening Day roster. After a 2-for-3 effort playing second yesterday, he started at third today and went 2-for-3 with two more RBIs. 

Vavra would also make a nice diving play at third base. One thing to take note of is that Vavra is learning to play first and third this spring, positions he hasn’t played before in his career.

“No matter when you play the game, at least for me, I always try to play it hard and the right way,” Vavra said. “I’m not perfect with it, but I do my best. I think the more I get to play for the coaching staff, teammates, the more they’re going to have an appreciation for that.”

Lewin Díaz, the man waived by four teams this spring, is making his case to be Ryan Mountcastle’s backup at first base. The lefty slugger would go 2-for-3 with a double and home run, scoring two times and driving in four. 

Colton Cowser picked up two more walks, and Connor Norby would add two hits in his spring debut. Rounding out the day is Heston Kjerstad, who entered late in the game but picked up a hit to improve to 4-for-4 so far this spring.

Side Notes:

Adley Rutschman will DH once again tomorrow and make his 2023 catching debut on Tuesday. Also, Gunnar Henderson is expected to play for the first time this spring on Tuesday.

Hyde also said most the regulars who have not played will be in the lineup tomorrow against the Rays from Ed Smith Stadium.  

Kremer did some bullpen work after he exited today. Hyde says the right-hander will probably have one more outing, pitching for about an inning, before heading to pitch for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic.  

“I don’t feel like that’s a call that I’m able to make,” Kremer said on his build-up for the WBC. “I think that’s coming from up top because they’re ultimately letting me go. I don’t get to dictate that. So whatever they’ll let me do, then I’m happy with.”

Today’s game was played in two hours and 46 minutes, eight minutes less than the first game. Hello, pitch clock.

The O’s will be back in action tomorrow against the Rays from Ed Smith Stadium in sunny Sarasota. Bruce Zimmermann will take the mound for Baltimore, as we once again can not watch our beloved Birds.

Who stood out to you in today’s win? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content!

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