Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman struck out five in three perfect innings against a first-choice Philadelphia Phillies lineup Saturday, and came away encouraged as much by his delivery as the results.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was limited to designated hitter duty because of elbow soreness in Wednesday's 10-9 come-from-ahead loss to the Cardinals, but he looked fine launching a three-run opposite field home run in the fifth inning.
The Orioles hit four homers Wednesday. That power, however, wasn’t enough, as the Orioles lost, 10-9, after blowing a 9-1 lead entering the seventh inning. The Cardinals scored eight runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth.
Jonathan Schoop’s elbow injury isn’t expected to force the Orioles’ starting second baseman to miss an extended amount of time, but his absence from the team’s Grapefruit League opener Friday afternoon served as an early-spring reminder that the team could be in trouble if an infielders goes down.
Chris Tillman spent the past three days reduced to the role of spectator, watching the Orioles’ spring training workout from the complex’s weight room, waiting for his reunion with the team to become official. It became official Wednesday.