Zach Britton, who is in the mix for the club’s fifth starter spot, really struggled Wednesday, lasting just 1 2/3 innings against the
The lefty gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks while retiring only four batters. He loaded the bases – on two walks and a single – and then
He allowed a two-run homer to
Britton threw 59 pitches, 36 for strikes in the abbreviated start. He had allowed just two runs in four previous
He now has a 6.10 ERA in five Grapefruit League games, allowing seven earned runs on 13 hits and four walks while striking out seven batters.
The 25-year-old Britton, who was 5-3 with a 5.07 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) for the Orioles last year, is competing with