Orioles down Nats on Armed Forces Recognition Day

By on March 24, 2012

The colors are presented Saturday by the US Marines prior to the Washington Nationals Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. The Orioles were hosting Armed Forces Recognition at the stadium. (Photo by Eddie Michels)

SARASOTA, Fla.—It was Armed Forces Recognition Day at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota where the Baltimore Orioles used their whole arsenal to out gun the Washington Nationals on Saturday 12-3.

Jake Arrieta got the win throwing five innings of five hit one run ball on 72-pitches 40 for strikes.  Only nine of the 20-batters he faced got first pitch strikes.

Former Tampa Bay Ray

A Veteran himself, Eddie Michels (left) wants to buy a vowel from Pat Sajak (Eddie Michels)

Edwin Jackson took the loss for the Nats lasting just 3 2/3 innings allowing 10 runs, seven earned on 11-hits throwing 75-pitches, 53-strikes.

Jackson did throw first pitch strikes to 16 of the 23 hitters he faced.

Dontie Willis, recently released by the Phillies, threw one inning for the Orioles allowing two runs, one earned on no hits while walking three.  Of his 28-pitches thrown only 12 cracked the strike zone.

The Orioles Matt Wieters went 4-4 with a homer and six RBI to raise his spring average to .229

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