’s bid to make the
’ rotation likely was strengthened Monday when he allowed two hits and struck out five through four innings in a 4-3 loss against the
Arrieta became the first Orioles pitcher to go more than three innings this spring, and he did it in fairly impressive fashion, allowing just a two-out double and a two-out single in separate innings. Otherwise, he was perfect.
"Overall, yeah, I liked the outing. I started out very strong," said Arrieta, who has not allowed an earned run in his last seven innings pitched. "All in all, today was a good day. I was able to work my way back into some counts that I got behind in and get some big outs."
Arrieta said he has been working with pitching coach Rick Adair to get better out of the stretch – when runners are on base. Now, he said, he's pitching so much better in that phase that he needs to tighten his mechanics from the windup, which was how he threw for most of the outing.
If there were a blemish in Arrieta’s day it’s that he only threw 34 of his 60 pitches for strikes, a ball-strike ratio that Orioles manager
"Jake was OK; he only had four, first-pitch strikes. That's something he's got to get better at," Showalter said. "He had some deep counts he shouldn't have had. But statistically, results, he threw zeroes out there. But he's got to get some counts in his favor."
Despite the amount of balls he threw, Arrieta's pitch count was reasonable and no Pirate got past second base against him.
Another pitcher battling for the rotation, lefty
The Pirates scored three runs in their final two innings to win the game.
The Orioles scored two of their three runs against Pittsburgh starter
Outfielder Lew Ford homered and singled off Locke and is now batting .550 (11-for-20) this spring.