Nationals 5 Orioles 4

March 20, 2009|By Dan Connolly

Simon impresses

Orioles starter Alfredo Simon did his part to keep the Orioles in a game they eventually lost in the bottom of the ninth inning in Viera, Fla. An error by Justin Turner with two outs allowed Anderson Hernandez to score and complete a two-run comeback in the ninth. Simon, however, kept the Nationals off the board for the first four innings. He retired the first 11 batters he faced and allowed one hit and one walk overall as he competes for one of the three open rotation spots. He has pitched six scoreless innings in two spring appearances.

Continuing to bash

Outfielder Nolan Reimold, who is expected to start the season at Triple-A Norfolk, continues to hit the long ball. In the second inning against Nationals starter Shairon Martis, Reimold crushed a two-run homer to left-center field. It was his team-leading fourth home run of the exhibition season and third this week. He hit another deep shot in the fourth inning, but Nationals center fielder Lastings Milledge made a running catch to take away what would have been at least extra bases.

On deck

The Orioles play host to the New York Mets at 1:05 p.m. today at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Danys Baez, who is attempting to return from elbow surgery, will start for the home team. Also expected to pitch for the Orioles are Matt Albers and Chris Ray. Right-handers Brad Bergesen and Brian Bass will pitch in a minor league game against Boston Red Sox farmhands in Fort Myers.

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