BRADENTON, Fla. –
That wasn’t a problem on Monday night, when Hunter absolutely breezed through six scoreless innings in the
The Orioles' right-hander walked the first batter he faced on five pitches, then immediately picked up a double play and a three-pitch strikeout to get out of the first. He really wasn't in trouble again, which certainly helped his chances of making the club's rotation.
Hunter allowed just one hit – a two-out double by
"It was definitely fun," said Hunter, who missed much of the exhibition season due to lower back discomfort. "This was baseball, going out for six innings and still having something left."
“Both pitchers looked like they were ready to start the season,” Orioles manager
The Pirates scored an unearned run in the seventh against
The Orioles added a fourth run in the ninth – again unearned – on a RBI single by Blake Davis. The Pirates attempted to rally in the ninth, with two on and two out, but Darren O’Day struck out
The Orioles improved to 10-9-5 for the spring.