Major League Baseball history was made on Thursday as Baltimore Orioles center fielder Stevie Wilkerson of Roswell, GA became the first position player ever to record a save.
"I don't think I've wrapped my head around it yet", said Wilkerson, who played for the Norfolk Tides on-and-off both in 2018 season and started the 2019 season with the Tides. But there was nothing cheap about it: He got future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols to make the third out.
The call on the field stood, and the Orioles went on to win. "It's below hitting speed, so that's hard".
"Just a great, great baseball game", Hyde said.
The Orioles seemed poised to win the game after taking an 8-5 lead in the 15th inning but Mike Trout tied the game with a bases-clearing double. The play was reviewed and the out call upheld just after 4 a.m.at the replay center in NY.
Like we said, the game refused to end.
"His hand was in there before the glove hit him in the chest", Ausmus told reporters. Over those three previous innings of work, Wilkerson had yielded one run on two hits, while striking out one.
So on came Wilkerson and he slammed the door, retiring all three batters he faced on 14 pitches and getting the save.
The game seemed much simpler three hours earlier when the Angels were up 4-2 heading to the eighth inning after Kole Calhoun's three-run double. Still, he has pitched before at the major-league level - albeit in mop-up duty situations. Mychal Givens blew the save in the bottom half of the inning as he allowed a long home run to Brian Goodwin to allow an already wild ball game to continue onwards to extras.
The Angels have been solid on offense so far as they come in ranked 10th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.15 rpg, while also ranking 10th in hitting at.259 and 12th in homers with 150. But now they'll have to try it with their pitching staff in disarray for the next two days.