The Orioles took a break from their exhibition schedule to play a true exhibition game – one in which the stats don’t count in Grapefruit League action – against Spain's World Baseball Classic team on Wednesday afternoon.
Russ Canzler may petition the league office to let this one count.
In the Orioles 19-7 victory, Canzler, who is fighting for a reserve role, put up some gaudy numbers. He hit two homers – a three-run shot in the first and a two-run homer in the fourth -- and added a sacrifice fly – for six RBIs. Travis Ishikawa also homered in the game, which included a nine-run Orioles’ sixth against a Spain team with only two players on a 40-man major league roster.
Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta, pitching in his third spring game, allowed three hits and one unearned run in three innings. He walked one and struck out two while throwing a fairly economical 45 pitches (27 strikes). It was a big improvement on his last outing in which he allowed three runs in 1 2/3 against the New York Yankees.
“Sometimes throughout the week before a start, a light bulb will go off. Whether it’s something small mechanically in the bullpen or something you are doing on a certain pitch to kind of help you progress and be more consistent with that pitch,” said Arrieta, who is fighting for a rotation spot. “And that’s happened over the past couple bullpens. I’ve had two real good sides leading into this game. So, things are really starting to tighten up.”