Signs of Kline
Editor’s Note: This is an update on the progress of TJ grad Branden Kline, who is a rookie right-handed relief pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles:
With the Orioles trailing the Yankees 7-3, Kline entered Game 1 of Monday’s doubleheader in the bottom of the seventh inning. He struck out Breyvic Valera on three pitches, getting a swinging third strike with a fastball on the outside corner.
Then, Yankees leadoff man Brett Gardner walked, advanced to third on Gio Urshela’s single to right field and scored on a sacrifice fly to center field.
Kline ended the inning by striking out Gary Sanchez on three pitches, getting the Yankees catcher to chase a slider off the outside corner for the third strike.
Kline, who is in his fifth stint with the Orioles this season, saw his ERA increase to 7.44. He has pitched 32 2-3 innings with Baltimore.