BALTIMORE— It seems that Brad Brach is always the winning pitcher when the Orioles take the lead late in a game.
On Friday night, Brach gave up just his second run and fifth hit when Chicago’s Brett Lawrie tied the score in the top of the seventh, but Nolan Reimold’s three-run home run gave the Orioles the lead.
Brach is 3-0 this year, and 15-4 in his three seasons with the Orioles.
“Unfortunately, last night was not the win I wanted to get. I don’t what it’s been. I don’t know if it’s the case of being in a lot of tight games or what the deal is, but I’ve been fortunate enough to be in a lot of games that are close, and we score some runs, and I get wins. Hopefully, we can continue doing that,” Brach said.
This year, Brach has pitched 14 1/3, walking five and striking out five.
“It’s just going after the hitters. It’s what I did in the minor leagues. In the last three or four or five years, I didn’t attack the hitters like I normally do. My walk numbers were way up,” Brach said.
“I don’t know if it’s just confidence or overall stuff or what it is, but I’m just been real aggressive and trying to get back to what I did in the minor leagues and keep the walks down. That’s pretty much been keeping me out of trouble.”
Brach has mixed up his pitches more, too.
“I got to throw my slider a lot during the spring this year. It gave me confidence in a third pitch. It’s allowed me to go right after the hitter and use any one of my three pitches in any count, and that’s been huge,” Brach said.
If the starters give the Orioles a good six innings, the bullpen thinks they’ve got the game in hand.
“That’s what we kind of think. Until teams show us otherwise, that’s what we’re going to believe. If we have a lead or it’s a tie game in the sixth, it’s over and we’re going to win. It’s confidence we have in each other down there. We all just believe that the next guy who’s out there is going to put up a zero and we’re going to get a W,” Brach said.