Orioles highlights: Five errors, ugly pitching performances lead to 13-2 loss to Twins

FORT MYERS, FLA. — The Orioles entered their night split-squad home game Saturday night still searching for their first Grapefruit League win of the spring following an ugly 13-2 afternoon road loss to the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium.

The Orioles (0-4-1) committed a spring-high five errors, including three by third baseman Steve Tolleson, and allowed three home runs in one of their sloppiest games thus far.


"We didn't field it very well, we didn't pitch it very well and we didn't hit it very well," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It's always disappointing when you don't play well."

Orioles right-hander Tyler Wilson rebounded from allowing a leadoff homer to Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. He allowed an unearned run in the second inning after Tolleson's high-and-wide throw to first on Byung Ho Park's grounder went for a two-base error. Two batters later, Park scored on Kurt Suzuki's RBI single.


"In the first inning, I was still trying to find the zone against the first guy," said Wilson, who threw additional pitches in the bullpen to simulate a third inning and get his pitch count to 45. "He's a good hitter and I can't afford to try to establish the zone the first batter of the game, especially in spring when guys are [sitting] on fastballs. But all in all, I felt really good. I felt my delivery coming together and that's the most important thing."

The game got ugly in the sixth, when the Twins scored eight runs in the frame, including six (five earned) off left-hander Chris Lee. The inning was fueled by Tolleson's second throwing error as nine of the Twins' first 10 batters reached base.

Parker Bridwell retired six of the seven batters he faced, but also allowed a solo homer to left fielder Eddie Rosario. First baseman Christian Walker made a nice diving stop to rob Eduardo Escobar of a hit to end Bridwell's outing in the fourth.

No flash in the pan

Second baseman Ryan Flaherty continued his strong spring training at the plate by reaching base in all three of his plate appearances Saturday. He drove in the Orioles' first run of the game with an RBI single in the second, walked with two outs in the third to load the bases and then hit a leadoff single in the sixth. Flaherty is 6-for-10 in Grapefruit League play with three runs scored, one homer and two RBIs. He has also hit safely in all four games, not including singles in both intrasquad games.

Alvarez showing good glove

The Orioles defense was ugly all afternoon, but one of the only highlights was the play of Dariel Alvarez in right field. With runners at the corners and one out in the fifth, Alvarez caught a fly ball off the bat of Dozier and rifled a pinpoint throw home on one hop to prevent Suzuki from scoring on the play. In the sixth inning, Alvarez made a nice catch against the right-field wall on a deep fly ball off the bat of Reynaldo Rodriguez.

Number of the day: 6


Despite scoring a spring-low two runs, the Orioles worked some patient at-bats, drawing six walks in the game. Outfielder Henry Urrutia had his best game of the spring, reaching base in all three of his plate appearances, drawing walks in his first two times to the plate and singling in the fifth. He also scored a run.