Mike Wright Shines In Major League Debut, O’s Avoid Sweep With 3-0 Win

Sports and Bets — May 17, 2015 at 4:47 pm by

The Rundown

With Bud Norris having bronchitis and Chris Tillman battling lower back tightness, rookie Mike Wright was called on to make his major league debut. The 25-year-old was more than up for the challenge, as he flummoxed the Angels all afternoon long. Wright earned his first career win after holding to Angels to no runs on four hits and no walks while striking out six over 7.1 innings. It certainly didn’t look like a fluke outing either, babes. Wright touched 98 mph with his fastball, and he mixed in his slider, changeup, and curveball nicely. It will be interesting to see how the Orioles’ rotation shakes out over the next week, but Wright definitely did everything in his power to show that he’s deserving of another start.

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Garrett Richards was a hard-luck loser after giving up two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven over 7.2 innings. That dude’s the real deal, and his slider is absolutely filthy. The Birds got on the board in the 4th inning after Adam Jones and Delmon Young hit back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners with one out. After a shocking Chris Davis strikeout, (I’m rolling my eyes so hard they’re in danger of falling out of my fucking head) Richards threw a wild pitch while facing Steve Pearce that allowed Jones to score. Richards would be replaced by Mike Morin in the 8th inning after giving up a two-out single to Manny Machado, and the O’s would come through with two big insurance runs. Jimmy Paredes kept the inning alive with an infield single, and Jones crushed a two-run double to left-center to give the Birds a 3-0 lead. The Angels were able to bring the tying run to the plate in the 9th with two-out singles from Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar, but Zach Britton got Johnny Giavotella to struck out to end the game.

Other Game Notes

Brad Brach struck out the only two batters he faced, and Britton recorded his 8th save of the season. It was nice to see the bullpen pitch well after giving up five runs in four innings over the first two games of the series.

Caleb Joseph went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, and he now has one hit in his last 19 at-bats.

Wright’s first major league strikeout came against Mike Trout, which is pretty damn cool.

Up Next For The O’s

The Birds are off tomorrow and will begin a three-game series against the Mariners on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.

RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-2) vs. RHP Taijuan Walker (1-4)

Let’s go O’s!

cover pic: MLB

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