The Baltimore Orioles downed the Blue Jays on Thursday 11-10 with a walkoff three-run homer by Ryan Flaherty.
Jays starter Mark Buehrle ran up his pitch count with an uncharacteristic three walks and was pulled after just two innings even though he was scheduled to pitch three.
“Obviously it was a little more wild than I wanted it to be,” Buehrle said, explaining he had trouble adjusting to the difference in height between the bullpen mound and the one on the field.
Otherwise, Buehrle said he felt good and is never too bothered by spring training results.
“If you look back at the numbers it seems like I never pitch good in spring training.”
MCGOWAN FEELS GOOD: Dustin McGowan has responded well to Tuesday’s bullpen session, his first time pitching off a mound in almost a year.
“He was beaming again today,” said pitching coach Pete Walker. “I’m very encouraged with that and we’ll take it day by day.”
McGowan, whose once-promising career as a starting pitcher has been derailed by multiple shoulder injuries, is competing for a spot in the Jays’ bullpen.