SARASOTA, FLA. — Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia doesn't have much time to impress the Orioles this spring training, and he's facing an uphill climb to crack a crowded bullpen. But despite not having the cleanest inning in the Orioles' 3-1 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday, manager Buck Showalter came away impressed.
Garcia entered in the top of the sixth inning with the Orioles having just taken a 2-0 lead. After retiring the first batter he faced, he allowed a double to right to Chase Headley. Garcia then issued a walk to Mark Teixeira to put two on with one out.
He struck out John Ryan Murphy looking but then allowed a single from Jose Pirela to load the bases.
Garcia was able to get out of the inning, inducing a pop-up from Stephen Drew to strand the bases loaded.
"Coming into the game, I turned to [Double-A pitching coach] Alan [Mills] and I told him, 'This is going to be a pretty good look here because it's the first time you have a bunch of bells and whistles and the crowd and he's facing the better part of the lineup and he's playing a team that some people think is noteworthy," Showalter said. "He presented himself well.