The second inning started with a pair of infield dribblers and ended with a three-run frame that bloated Kevin Gausman’s pitch count early in the game.
On either side of it, he was the pitcher the Orioles have longed for all season. In total, it was another in a head-scratching line of starts from the Orioles’ Opening Day starter in an eventual 6-5, walk-off win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“That was a very odd start,” Gausman said. “It’s one of those things where I felt like I threw the ball great and threw some really good pitches when I needed to and where I wanted to. Unfortunately, sometimes, they just get the better of you.”
Said manager Buck Showalter: “I was...