The Orioles entered Tuesday’s season opener against the
Showing patience in the batter’s boxes, the Orioles quickly ran up Price’s pitch count to 60 through three innings -- and jumped out to a 2-0 lead -- as the reigning
The Orioles weren't as selective over the next three innings, swinging at the first pitch six times. Some of that surely had to do with Price finally settling in after a shaky start. Price threw 40 pitches in his final three innings.
In his six innings, Price allowed seven hits and two earned runs -- both coming on Matt Wieters' home run in the first -- and struck out four Orioles while walking two batters. Of his 100 pitches, 68 were strikes.
Even though the Orioles, who went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded five runners against Price, squandered their opportunities to maybe knock Price out of the game earlier, their deliberate approach at the plate was a welcome sight on Opening Day.
In the first inning, 20-year-old third baseman Manny Machado saw seven pitches from Price before grounding out. Later in the inning, first baseman
In the third inning, Wieters, who went 2-for-2 against Price, fell behind 1-2, but fouled off seven pitches as he drew a 13-pitch walk. It was more perseverance than patience, but that was a great at-bat.
As a team, the Orioles averaged exactly four pitches per batter against Price, eventually chasing him after six innings. And then they pounced on Rays reliever
Last season, the Orioles were seventh in baseball with 3.87 pitches per plate appearance. (The
Of course, one game out of 162 is a small sample size, but Tuesday's game was a nice start for the Orioles.