With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the tenth, Orioles skipper Buck Showalter turned to Jim Johnson, who had blown three consecutive save opportunities including one in Monday’s loss. The O’s closer worked fast and retired the side in order on just eight pitches.
Baltimore rejoiced and proclaimed that their beloved closer had put this recent slump behind him and was back to his 2012 form. I may have been the only person wearing an Orioles hat that watched and disagreed.
On the surface, Johnson’s five strikes in eight pitches to the Yankees’ six, seven and eight hitters looked great. But his fastball command still bothered me.
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