SARASOTA, Fla. – There were two doses of good news for the Orioles on Thursday. Hyun Soo Kim finally got his first hit, and the Orioles didn’t lose.
Let’s temper that good news. The Orioles didn’t lose, but they didn’t win. Because a New York Yankees split-squad run out of pitching after nine innings, the game was declared a 4-4 tie before 7,588 at Ed Smith Stadium on Thursday.
Kim’s infield single drove in a run, the first of three in the seventh inning that tied the score. He also was hit by a pitch, and in the sixth, lined to center field. He is 1-for-24.
“I’m a little bit relieved for all the things I've been going through and there’s a lot more to improve and to show the fans,” Kim said through his translator.
His teammates were thrilled he finally got a hit.
“They were actually happier than me. They were cheering for my first hit, they loved what I did out there,” Kim said.
“I don't think today was the best. I still have a lot of room to show my abilities.”
The Orioles tied their first game of the spring, and before this tie, lost nine straight. They’re 0-9-2.
Tyler Wilson started and allowed two runs in the first inning. Wilson allowed two runs on five hits in three innings. Dylan Bundy gave up two runs on four hits in the fifth inning.
Chaz Rose, Brad Brach, Tanner Scott and Oliver Drake pitched scoreless innings. Scott struck out the side in the eighth.
Wilson has allowed four runs in six innings.
“As the spring goes on, your game kind of evolves a little bit. Fastball command is the most important thing in pitching, so the first couple outings, first couple bullpens, that’s the priority,” Wilson said.
“As you start feeling a little more confident with that on both sides of the plate, up and down, and start mixing in the other stuff but you really don’t have anything. Everything comes off that fastball. If you can’t command the zone with it, having those other pitches is really obsolete. So it’s kind of a step-by-step process, but there’s no real formula to it. It’s just how you feel about it that day.”
Adam Jones hit an opposite field home run in the first. After Kim’s infield single, Steve Tolleson drove in two runs with a base hit. J.J. Hardy was the only Oriole with two hits.
NOTES: Mike Wright pitches against the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka in Tampa on Friday. … Manager Buck Showalter indicated that cuts could be coming Friday.
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