The Baltimore Orioles have continued to get themselves out of wild jams each game and Saturday evening’s game was no different.
In the seventh inning, the O’s found themselves down by one run. The score was 4-3 in favor of the New York Yankees. To make matters worse, setup man Dellin Betances came into the game.
Betances is one of the best at what he does, there is no question about that. The New York City native has made it to the MLB All-Star Game three times, holds a career K/9 rate of 14.2 a career ERA of 2.18.
The decorated setup man would face a player who has a great deal of accolades himself, reigning home run king Mark Trumbo. Trumbo had Chris Davis on base. The slugger stepped into the box against Betances and hit a line-drive single to center. Davis would score and it was a whole new ballgame.
Of course, left fielder Hyun Soo Kim could not be outdone. He would come up to plate in a calm fashion, stared down the beast that is Betances and smacked a single into right field with two outs. Trumbo would score and Baltimore now had the lead, 5-4.
Baltimore was down by much more in the earlier in the game and things looked bleak. Starting pitcher Kevin Gausman was roughed up a bit by the high-powered Yankees offense. He would give up four runs in 4 2/3 innings. The bullpen would pick up the slack.
By the way, the Orioles also hold a 16 2/3 inning scoreless streak to begin the season. It’s an absolutely magnificent way to begin the season for Baltimore.
Buck Showalter sang praises of his bullpen’s consistency after the game. He would cite the moving pieces as a large part of the Orioles’ success in their first four games.
“That’s part of it, but there’s a lot of different pieces there,” Showalter said via The Baltimore Sun. “Not just that. But I thought in the spring that we had a chance to have a good team with a lot of pieces and that’s one of them. It’s very hard to duplicate the type of years they had last year but they’ve been there in a time of need to make runs matter like that and make leads stand up.”
Baltimore is the last undefeated team in the Majors. They now hold a 4-0 record, sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays in a two-game series to start the season and winning their first two against the Yankees.
Winning Pitcher: Givens (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Betances (0-1)
Save: Britton (3)
When: Sunday, 1:35 p.m. ET
Where: Camden Yards
TV: MASN 2, Yes Network