Orioles' Stevie Wilkerson becomes first position player to record save

Sep 27, 2021 Uncategorized

null null Baseball null Orioles fans woke up to good news Friday morning. Stevie Wilkerson made history Thursday night and it wasn't for his defensive mishap in center field or game-tying hit in the eighth inning. Believe it or not, it was for his performance on the mound.  MORE: Watch live games all season long on fuboTV (7-day free trial)The Orioles outfielder came in to pitch the 16th inning of Baltimore's game against the Angels.  He threw a 1-2-3 inning, sitting down Brian Goodwin, Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols in order to secure a 10-8 win. Wilkerson's pitches averaged just 54.3 mph. Stevie Wilkerson bringing the HEAT! He averaged 54.3 mph on the way to collecting the first save by a position player in @ history. #Birdland pic.twitter.com/pWLMCd6PaO— DC ✍🏼🎙📊 (@DanClarkSports) July 26, 2019With this performance, he became the first position player to record a save in history. Saves didn't become an official stat until 1969.Stevie Wilkerson is the first position player E

VER to record a save (saves became an official stat in 1969).— Stats (@Stats) July 26, 2019While it's not his usual role, Wilkerson isn't unfamiliar with the mound. This was his third appearance in July and his scoreless frame lowered his ERA to 2.25.The game lasted 6 hours, 19 minutes and saw a combined 20 pitchers. The O's may not have much to celebrate this season, being 33 games out of first place with a 33-69 record, but they managed to pull off an epic win and one of their players even made history in the process.

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