As a media scrum surrounded him in the
"Didn't show it at all?" McFarland said. "I definitely was. I was able to work through it and calm myself down."
He helped calm the Orioles down, too.
McFarland, a 23-year-old who was acquired this winter in the Rule 5 draft, made his debut in a difficult situation as the Orioles trailed the
"I don't think I'll ever forget that at-bat," he said.
McFarland would remain in the game for three more innings, allowing one hit and no runs as the Orioles tied the game at five runs apiece. He struck out five batters and walked none in 3 1/3 innings.
He gave props to catcher
The Orioles lost the game, 6-5, after the Twins, aided by a
Still, he said he won’t forget the rush of jogging in from the bullpen in front of an announced crowd of 40,704 at
“It was an incredible feeling. Nothing beats it,” said McFarland, who had previously been with the
McFarland pocketed the baseball he used for his first career strikeout -- he threw a slider past
A starter for most of his career, McFarland is still getting used to working out of the bullpen. Obviously, he doesn't know when his next appearance will be, but he feels pretty good about his first one.
"I'm just going to continue doing what I have been doing," he said.