Scott Feldman has been pretty solid as an Oriole.
Heading into Friday, he was 4-4 with a 4.18 ERA in 10 starts. He came as advertised. He doesn’t do anything fancy or overpowering, but usually keeps his team in games.
Five of his first 10 outings as an Oriole were quality starts.
But none were like Friday’s performance against the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards. Feldman went nine scoreless innings, allowing just five hits and a walk in the 4-0 win.
“They were a very aggressive team and the first time through they were kind of taking the first pitch a little bit,” Feldman said. “I think after that, they got a little more aggressive. I think I was able to not live on the middle of the plate, kind of live on the corners and hope they would swing and get some early outs that way.”
It was the first shutout of his career and the Orioles’ first complete game and first shutout by a pitcher since Jason Hammel on June 16, 2012 at Atlanta.
“I definitely wanted it, but the big thing this time of the year – it doesn’t matter how many innings you go – it matters who wins the game,” Feldman said. “All that other stuff is great, but we won the game. We won the first two and hopefully we can keep playing well.”
Orioles manager Buck Showalter had Jim Johnson and Brian Matusz warming in the ninth, but he decided to stick with Feldman, who had 101 pitches through eight innings and needed just five to finish the ninth.
"He had command of all his pitches. He'd get ahead in the count. I don't think he ever got in a pattern,” Showalter said. “Matt [Wieters] did a great job. When you give any catcher, but especially Matt, those types of weapons at your disposal, you can do a lot of things to create some doubt in hitters.”
Here’s what Wieters said about Feldman: “He threw the ball real well. He was able to cut it and sink it on both sides, mix in his breaking ball. He was in command all night. You could see it in his eyes, once he got through the seventh, he wanted to finish that game on his own. … He’s had a great year. That’s why we wanted him. That’s why we’re happy to have him in the rotation and when we give him the ball he’s going to go out there and compete.”