Kimball regroups after rough outing

Kimball regroups after rough outing

BALTIMORE -- Reliever Cole Kimball had his worst outing of the season in Saturday's 8-3 loss to the Orioles. Kimball pitched one inning and allowed two runs on four hits.

Kimball blamed himself for the subpar outing. He said he threw too many off-speed pitches and threw the ball on the outside part of the plate too often. Instead, he should have thrown more fastballs and pitched inside to the hitters.

For example, in the seventh inning, Kimball threw a 3-2 slider to Nick Markakis, who ended up with an RBI single. The slider is not a strikeout pitch for Kimball. He said he should have thrown a split-fingered fastball.

"I was off-speed happy yesterday. There were a couple of different times I put the ball in the wrong spot," Kimball said. "Yesterday, it wasn't a matter of throwing strikes, it was a matter of putting the strikes where they needed to be. I needed to be smarter with pitch selection and location."