shines in Orioles debut vs. White Sox
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[May 06, 2017]
BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Orioles
manager Buck Showalter said they always plan for a "what-if"
situation regarding the starting pitcher leaving very quickly.
Showalter was forced to put that plan into action Friday night, and
Gabriel Ynoa helped everything work out.
Chris Davis homered and Ynoa made his Orioles debut in style by
blanking Chicago for six innings in long relief as Baltimore scored
a 4-2 victory over the White Sox on Friday night.
Ynoa (1-0) came on in place of starter Wade Miley, who lasted just
four batters, leaving after being hit by two consecutive White Sox
hitters with two outs in the top of the first inning. Miley was
first hit in the left wrist -- X-rays were negative -- and then in
That is when Showalter called upon Ynoa.
"Every night before we leave (we) ... sit down and go over the
bullpen," Showalter said. "We say it -- guy gets hit by a line
drive, first pitch, where are we going? The answer yesterday as we
got on the plane was Ynoa. It's one thing to be available to pitch
long. It's another thing to be effective to pitch long, which he was
Ynoa scattered six hits, struck out five without a walk and threw 69
strikes on 101 pitches, leaving with two outs in the seventh and a
runner on first.
His biggest problem came when Chicago (15-13) put runners on first
and third with two outs in the fifth, but the right-hander struck
out Jose Abreu.
Ynoa had been called up from Triple-A Norfolk earlier in the day and
was well-rested since he last pitched Saturday. He dealt with a
cramp in his leg at one point, so that also will be looked at, but
the right-hander was thrilled afterward.
"I feel excellent," he said through an interpreter. "I feel very
good. Thank God for the opportunity. I was able to keep my ball
really low in the zone all night, so I'm really thankful for that."
Chicago manager Rick Renteria certainly was impressed with how Ynoa
came through in that situation.
"He pumped the zone with strikes," Renteria said. "I thought his
ball had some life. I thought he threw a lot of strikes."
Ynoa left with a 2-0 lead with two outs in the seventh. Stefan
Crichton got the final out of the inning before walking Melky
Cabrera to start the eighth.
Cabrera later scored on an Avisail Garcia groundout off Darren
O'Day, cutting the Baltimore lead to 2-1.
O'Day then escaped further trouble. Brad Brach took care of the
ninth, despite allowing a run on two hits, and earned his sixth save
when Abreu flied out to center field as the Orioles (18-10) won
their second straight game.
Chicago starter Miguel Gonzalez (3-2) kept his former team quiet for
most of his 6 2/3-inning effort. He allowed a run in the first and
the Davis homer two innings later.
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Orioles pitcher Gabriel Ynoa (49) throws a pitch in the second
inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
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Davis finished the night 3-for-3 and scored a key
insurance run in the eighth on a Joey Rickard double. The Orioles
added another run in that inning thanks to an error from shortstop
Chicago started quickly by getting the three hits in the first and
ending Miley's night after just 12 pitches.
Abreu lined a ball off Miley's left arm for an infield single and
Garcia followed by sending a shot off the pitcher's buttocks. Miley
exited and Ynoa came on with two outs in the first and got out of
The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Gonzalez
hit Jonathan Schoop with the bases loaded. Gonzalez needed 31
pitches to get through that inning.
"There was a lot of adrenaline going on, for sure," Gonzalez said.
"That first inning, there was some emotion. I felt a little too
amped up, but I settled down in the second inning."
Baltimore made it 2-0 when Davis hit a solo homer with two outs in
The possible bad news for the Orioles came after the game when
Showalter said that closer Zach Britton (forearm strain), who just
came off the disabled list earlier this week, was having problems
with the same injury.
Britton had an MRI exam during the game, and Showalter said what the
Orioles do with the closer will be determined after analyzing all
the results and talking to the medical staff.
NOTES: The home run that Orioles 1B Chris Davis hit in the third
inning broke a three-week dry spell; he last homered on April 14.
... White Sox 3B Todd Frazier remains day-to-day with tightness in
his back. He took some swings before this game, and manager Rick
Renteria said Frazier felt better. They are hoping he can return
Saturday after he missed his second straight game.
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