The rookie Panamanian pitcher Jaime Barría was called back to the Los Angeles Angels' big team this Saturday to face the New York Yankees, and he did not disappoint, as he credited his fourth win of the season.
After playing for five innings, in which he allowed six hits and four earned runs, with one walk and four strikeouts, Barria left his career average allowed in 2.97.
However, in his performance he allowed three rival home runs, those by Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge in the first inning and another by Austin Romine in the third inning, something strange in his five previous appearances, in which he could just be scored a home-run.
"I went out to compete as I always do, but I cannot leave pitches in the middle," Barría told reporters after the game. "I paid with the home runs. I made the adjustments in the third inning and fortunately, it worked," he added.
The young Panamanian pitcher is living an excellent start to the season, with six starts, all as a starting pitcher, in which he has accumulated 30.1 innings pitched; has received 25 hits, including our home runs; he has been scored 10 runs; while his control has been quite good, by accumulating eight walks compared to 24 strikeouts.
Although he has planned to fight for the Rookie of the Year award, the management that the Barría team can do will be very important to multiply those performances, because if the Angels do not leave him fixed on the big team, it could lose points and options.
The 21-year-old Panamanian debuted on April 11 against the Texas Rangers, a team that took the first triumph of his incipient career.