Yoon goes 4 innings, O's beat Tides in rain-shortened game

South Korean allows 2 runs; Wieters hits 3-run homer

March 29, 2014|By Dan Connolly,The Baltimore Sun

NORFOLK, Va. — — Suk-min Yoon, the Orioles' free-agent right-hander from South Korea who appeared in two Grapefruit League games after securing his work visa earlier this month, pitched four innings in the Orioles' 4-3 win Saturday against their Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides.

The game was canceled because of persistent rain after the Orioles batted in the top of the sixth.

The 27-year Yoon, who has already been sent down to Triple-A and added to Norfolk's rotation, pitched against the Tides lineup and allowed four hits and two runs while walking none and striking out two. He faced the minimum number of batters in three of his innings, but allowed three hits and two runs in the third, which ended with two outs.

In these exhibitions, when a pitcher reaches his pitch limit for an inning, the frame ends regardless of how many outs have been recorded. In the bottom of the fifth, four Tides hitters reached safely without an out and the inning ended with bases loaded — leading to some boos from the soaked crowd. But the Orioles manipulated the game for pitching purposes and to get in as many innings in as possible because of the weather forecast.

Matt Wieters had a three-run homer against Orioles minor league right-hander Zach Davies in the second inning. Ryan Flaherty had a RBI single in the fourth.



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