Pirates 0, Orioles 0(10)
Jake Arrieta is making it very difficult for Buck Showalter to
leave him out of the Orioles’ rotation.
Arrieta threw six-hit ball for six innings, and Baltimore and
the Pittsburgh Pirates played to a 0-0 tie in 10 innings Thursday
Arrieta, who became the first Baltimore pitcher to work six
innings this spring, struck out nine and walked two. He’s pitched
14 2-3 shutout innings over his last three starts, allowing 11
hits, striking out 16 and walking five.
With an ERA of 1.56 this spring, Arrieta feels he’s done enough
to make the team.
”I think so, but it’s not in my hands. All I can do is go out
there and show that I belong on the team, and after that it’s their
decision,” Arrieta said.
With 10 days left before he has to set his 25-man roster,
Showalter isn’t yet declaring Arrieta has made the team.
”He’s shown me enough to be in the competition,” Showalter
Jonathan Sanchez, trying to make the Pirates’ staff, gave up two
hits in five innings, striking out four and walking one. In his
last two starts, Sanchez has pitched eight shutout innings,
allowing three hits.
This was Sanchez’s final appearance before he can opt out of his
contract on Monday.
”It’s hard to be waiting, waiting. I want to be here. They
brought me here. If they need me here, I’m happy to be here. If not
…,” Sanchez said.
A year ago, Sanchez, who was a stalwart on the 2010 World
Champion San Francisco Giants club, had a 1-9 record with a
horrifying 8.07 ERA with Colorado and Kansas City. The Pirates
signed him to a minor league contract last month, and after a rocky
start, has done well.
Pittsburgh has tinkered with Sanchez during camp, and it’s
”I went back to my old mechanics this spring and it’s working.
I don’t know if it’s my mechanics or what it is right now,”
Manager Clint Hurdle brought veteran catcher Russell Martin
along to catch Sanchez, and liked the results.
”Jonathan was extremely aggressive tonight. We’ve seen it the
last two times out. He went after some good fastball hitters, he
got in some good sequences, he mixed in his changeup. Russell and
him really worked well together,” Hurdle said.
Arrieta, who was the Opening Day starter last year, pitched
effectively out of the stretch. Showalter noted that eight of his
nine strikeouts came from the stretch.
”I’d like to see him get a little sharper out of the windup.
He’s a little different pitcher out of the stretch,” Showalter
This was the second scoreless 10-inning game in two days. The
Giants and Brewers had a rare 0-0 tie Wednesday.
NOTES: Orioles RF Nick Markakis, who has been sidelined since
March. 3 with a small disk herniation in his neck, has been cleared
to resume baseball activities on Friday. … Pirates 1B Gaby
Sanchez was a late scratch due to an allergic reaction. …
Pittsburgh INF John McDonald, who was acquired from Arizona on
Wednesday, is expected in camp on Friday. … Baltimore optioned
INF Danny Valencia to Triple-A Norfolk. … Orioles LHP Mark
Hendrickson is away from the team for the birth of his child. …
The Pirates host a Tampa Bay split squad on Friday in Bradenton.
RHP Jeanmar Gomez is scheduled to start for Pittsburgh. RHP Alex
Cobb starts for the Rays. … The Orioles play the other Tampa Bay
split squad at Port Charlotte. RHP Steve Johnson starts against RHP