BALTIMORE -- If there was a bright spot to be found in Monday's 14-3 loss to the Texas Rangers, it was the performance of Orioles reliever Stu Pomeranz, who fired three scoreless innings in his Major League debut.
The 27-year-old Pomeranz, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Norfolk before the game, entered in the sixth inning in place of starter Brian Matusz and used a fastball that topped out at 95 mph to hold a lethal Rangers lineup in check.
"I liked the way he handled himself," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Pomeranz, who signed with the organization in February and turned heads -- despite not receiving an official invite -- in big league camp this spring.
"He had a lot of mound presence and attacked the strike zone. He hides it well, but you know there had to be a lot of emotion flowing around out there. I was real proud of him. That was probably the highlight for us."
Pomeranz, the older brother of Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz, held the Rangers to three hits and a walk, picking up two strikeouts in his 48-pitch outing. Asked what was going through his mind when he ran out of the dugout and took the mound, Pomeranz -- who admitted the nervous energy faded away -- said he didn't want to take in the moment.
"I didn't want to realize what I was doing until after it was done," said Pomeranz who was pitching in Double-A Bowie two weeks ago. "Obviously, it's a big deal. It's my first outing in the big leagues."
Signed on Feb. 2 after impressing the organization during a tryout and securing a spot in minicamp, Pomeranz was frequently called over from the Minor League side this spring, and he's continued to have success at every level so far.
"It's good to see a guy carry over exactly what he's been doing," Showalter said. "He was in camp with us for 27, 28 days, and I think being around that environment and being around the guys made it a pretty easy transition. He knew everybody. He's one of those guys who wasn't in big league camp but was in big league camp."