SARASOTA, Fla. – Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel made just one mistake against his former team Tuesday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium.
Hammel, making his second Grapefruit League start of the spring against a Rays team he debuted with, allowed a second-inning solo homer to Matt Joyce but otherwise shut down the Tampa Bay lineup over three innings.
Joyce hit a 2-0 fastball over the rightfield fence to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead.
“I don’t really know these guys too much,” who pitched for the Rays from 2006-’08 before going to Colorado. “It’s changed since I’ve been with them, their lineup, so I learned something there. I’ll work him in next time.”
The only other baserunner against Hammel was Carlos Pena, who reached on a first-inning walk. Hammel also struck out two.
“It was definitely a step forward,” Hammel said. “Fastball command was much better. That’s my emphasis this spring and of the three innings, the first and the third were very good for me. The second, it seemed like I was working on my full counts but I wasn’t. I feel that thinkgs are coming along. The curveball was working for me today and the change up too.”
Hammel has thrown five innings this spring, allowing just one run and three hits.
The Orioles lead 4-1 on Jai Miller’s three-run homer to straight-away center field.
<i>An earlier version of this article said Jason Hammel allowed the incorrect number of runs Tuesday. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.</i>Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun