SARASOTA, Fla. – The Orioles got a preview of what they’ll be seeing on Opening Day on Tuesday at Tropicana Field.
And it wasn’t encouraging.
Sporting a fairly representative starting lineup, the Orioles faced reigning American League Cy Young Award winner David Price on Thursday night, and managed just one hit and walk in four scoreless innings against the Tampa Bay Rays’ ace in a 4-4 tie.
Price, who will start for the Rays on Tuesday, gave up a single to J.J. Hardy and walked Matt Wieters. Otherwise, he was perfect while striking out three batters.
The Rays took a three-run lead in the top of the first on farmhand Jesse Beal, who was getting the start because Steve Johnson was scratched with a lat injury.
Beal, a Virginia native whom the Orioles selected in the 14th round of the 2008 draft and pitched last year at Low-A Delmarva, allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in one inning pitched. The Rays added a fourth run in the sixth inning when Evan Longoria homered against farmhand Tim Bascom.
Once Price left the game, the Orioles got on the board. They scored a run in the fifth on Steve Pearce's sacrifice fly and two runs in the sixth on Adam Jones' double and Chris Davis' RBI groundout.
The Orioles are 18-9-4 in Grapefruit League action.