On July 3rd newly acquired pitcher Scott Feldman was making his Orioles debut a day after he was traded. He came from the Chicago Cubs along with his teammate Steve Clevenger.
Feldman was having a decent season with the Cubs. He started 15 games and had a record of 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA. Pitched 91 innings, but has given up 79 hits, issued only 25 walks and struck out 67 batters.
The team Feldman went up against in his debut was the Chicago White Sox. He faced them earlier in the season with the Cubs on May 29th. He pitched well in that game and earned the win. He pitched through 6 innings of work, gave up 2 runs on 6 hits, did not walk a batter and struck out 7.
The first inning for Feldman was a little shaky. He surrendered a run on 3 hits, but struck out 2 batters. The run he gave up tied the game at 1-1.
Feldman seemed to settle down after that. The Orioles took the lead, 2-1, in the fourth inning on the 32nd homerun of the year from Chris Davis.
In the fifth, a pitch got away from Feldman and landed in the seats. Gordon Beckham hit his first homerun of the year and the game was tied at 2-2.
Unfortunately Feldman was given a no decision because the game was still tied when he left. We took back the lead in the 8th on a two-RBI double from Chris Davis. This time we did not give the lead up. We won 4-2 and the win went to Darren O’Day while Jim Johnson held on to record his major league leading 29th save.
In my opinion, I think Scott Feldman did well in his debut. He certainly pitched well enough to get the win. He pitched 6 innings, gave up 6 hits, surrendered 2 runs, did not give up a walk and recorded 6 strikeouts while throwing 98 pitches and 60 of them were strikes.
If Feldman pitches this well in most of his starts the rest of the year with good run support, he will clearly have a chance to be a 15-game winner. I’m glad we acquired Scott Feldman because he is another veteran who can lead by example in the rotation along with Jason Hammel. It will be exciting to see how this rotation plays out the next couple of weeks especially with Wei-Yin Chen coming back from his oblique injury.
There will certainly be good baseball that will be played in the following months.