Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman struck out five in three perfect innings against a first-choice Philadelphia Phillies lineup Saturday, and came away encouraged as much by his delivery as the results.
Yovani Gallardo hasn't been an Oriole for long — just two weeks to be exact — but manager Buck Showalter already liked what he had seen well before the veteran right-hander took the mound for his first spring training appearance with his new team Wednesday afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Despite being in their 23rd season, the Bowie Baysox lack much of a playoff history. The Orioles' Double-A affiliate never even won a postseason series until beating Altoona in an Eastern League semifinal last week. That's why Game 3 of the Eastern League championship series with Reading on Thursday night meant so much to the organization — it was the first time the Baysox ever hosted a game in the title series. But Reading ruined the party, taking command early and rolling to a 9-3 win.