After making his Major League Baseball debut on June 26, New South Welshman Alexander Wells has earned his first career win in his second appearance at the top level.
The left-handed pitcher entered the June 29 game against the Houston Astros at the bottom of the fourth inning when the scores were tied at one-all.
Wells chucked 2.2 innings in the ballgame, giving up four hits for two runs with a strikeout. He also gave up two walks and ended the evening with an ERA of 3.86 to pick up the win as Baltimore rallied late to a 13-3 victory.
Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde had previously tossed up the idea of starting Wells for this game, however instead opted for Travis Lakins Sr.
Becoming a starter is something Wells is aiming towards, but for now, the rookie will continue to do what is asked of him.
“It’s been a little bit different but I’m learning everyday, seeing what the other guys do to prepare to go into the games,” Wells told media after the game.
“Just taking mental notes to know that you don’t need to throw a lot of pitches to get ready and you do have your eight warmup pitches out on the mound when you get out there, so [‘m] just taking it in and I’m enjoying the new role.”
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The pitcher from Newcastle understands what he’s required to do amongst all the learning opportunities, and is confident his skillset can translate into a prosperous MLB career.
“I’m just taking the confidence in every time I go out to the mound,” Wells said.
“Knowing that I’m not a big strikeout guy and have to pitch to contact, it’s good knowing my stuff can play at this level and I’m having somewhat of a success at the moment and I’m really enjoying it.”
Wells became the 36th Australian to make their Major League Baseball debut when he entered in relief on June 26 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
In two innings, he allowed zero runs on one hit and two walks, holding the Blue Jays hitters from inflicting any further damage on the scoreboard in a 12-4 Toronto win.
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