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Stevie Wilkerson becomes first position player to record save

Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 20: Stevie Wilkerson #12 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches during the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 20, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

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As mentioned in the recaps of Thursday’s games, Orioles outfielder Stevie Wilkerson took the mound to pitch the bottom of the 16th inning against the Angels. Despite lobbing 55 MPH fastballs, he somehow worked a 1-2-3 inning to close out the 10-8 win for the save.

Wilkerson became the first position player to record a save since the stat became official in 1969, according to MLB’s Stats account on Twitter.

Wilkerson is no stranger to pitching. He took the mound twice this month before Thursday’s game. He threw a scoreless inning in the ninth against the Rays in a 16-4 loss on July 12. On July 20, he gave up a run in two innings of work against the Red Sox in a 17-6 loss.

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