Blake Swihart

Orioles starter Mike Wright's escape act shows his growth since last season

Orioles starter Mike Wright's escape act shows his growth since last season

Orioles right-hander Mike Wright’s battled to get through five innings Tuesday night in his first start of the season. But the way Wright emerged from a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning of the Orioles’ 9-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox showed how far the 26-year-old right-hander has come.

Wright retired the first two batters of the inning before he began to unravel. He allowed a single to Hanley Ramirez, then his Travis Shaw on the leg with an wild 0-2 slider. He then loaded the bases by hitting Brock Holt with another wild slider, this one on a 2-1 count.

Last year, Wright probably wouldn’t have gotten out of that jam. He struggled with runners on base....

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