Summer Sale Extended! Get unlimited digital access for 13 weeks for $13.
Orioles Insider
Sports Orioles Orioles Insider

Jimenez talks about his first loss as an Oriole

Ubaldo Jimenez said he felt like his first outing as an Oriole didn’t go badly – except for the two mistakes that turned into two-run homers in a 6-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

The first was a 91-mph fastball to David Ortiz in the third inning that was a little bit up, but otherwise caught the inside of the plate.

Not a bad location, yet the Red Sox slugger turned on the ball and catapulted it into the flag court beyond right field.

“That was a good pitch,” Jimenez said. “It seems like he was looking for that pitch, and he hit it good.”

His other mistake in the fifth was undeniable -- another 91-mph fastball that was supposed to be thrown outside. Instead, it was directly in the middle of the plate, and Mike Napoli crushed it over the center field wall.

“But the one to Napoli, I would definitely like to have that back,” Jimenez said. “0-2, big mistake. I was trying to go away and left it right down the middle.”

Otherwise, Jimenez limited the damage, lasting six innings and allowing four runs, five hits and three walks while striking out six. Seven of the 18 outs he recorded were in the air.

“Usually I get the ball down,” he said. “That’s something I’ll have to work on in my bullpen and get ready for my next one.”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he thought, overall, Jimenez did just fine.

“Good. Made a couple mistakes. Wasn't going to be much of a margin for error with [Boston’s John] Lackey ... sharp tonight. [Jimenez] pitches like that all year, he'll win his share of games."

Jimenez said he wasn’t nervous -- he was having fun. He just couldn’t keep a good hitting team off the scoreboard.

“You always want to win. It doesn’t matter if it is your first time or last one or in midseason. You always want to win,” he said. “But, it is part of the game. That’s how it goes. I still have 30 more [starts] to go. I have to get ready for my next one.”

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Orioles in April

    Orioles in April

    Browse pictures of Orioles baseball games in April 2015.

  • Orioles Opening Day at Camden Yards

    Orioles Opening Day at Camden Yards

    Look through photos from Orioles Opening Day festivities at Camden Yards on April 10. The Orioles will face the Toronto Blue Jays in their 62nd home opener in Baltimore. 

  • Orioles player salaries for 2015

    Orioles player salaries for 2015

    With the 2015 baseball season just underway, USA Today has released its annual comprehensive list of player salaries. The publication gathers the data from "documents obtained from the MLB Players Association, club officials and filed with Major League Baseball's central office. Deferred payments...

  • All-Time Greatest Orioles

    All-Time Greatest Orioles

    In the six decades since they returned to the American League, 982 players have suited up for the Orioles. Who are the all-time best? Here are The Baltimore Sun's picks — six men at each position, except outfield and starting pitcher (nine apiece). We ranked the top six managers, too, from 1954...

  • Orioles Season Preview 2015

    Orioles Season Preview 2015

  • Orioles Insider

    Orioles Insider