BALTIMORE -- The comfort factor this year for Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim can't be understated.
It's evident in the clubhouse, in Kim's everyday demeanor, and on a grander scale, in moments like the one he experienced on Saturday. Despite striking out in a bases-loaded spot in the fifth inning, Kim never wavered, delivering the winning RBI in the seventh as part of a three-hit afternoon in the O's 5-4 win over the Yankees.
"The constitution you have to have to perform up here and put things behind you," manager Buck Showalter said of Kim, who struck out looking in the fifth. "It's a borderline pitch. If I was on the other team, I'd want it. But you can wallow around in self pity or you can be ready for your next opportunity."
Kim chose the latter. The left fielder, obviously displeased as he walked back to the dugout in the fifth, got his chance for redemption in his next at-bat.
First, Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulled Adam Warren -- who has retired all 18 batters he's faced this season -- in favor of lefty Tommy Layne, and the move backfired as Chris Davis doubled. Girardi countered again with Dellin Betances, and Mark Trumbo singled to even the score at 5. Trumbo stole second to give Kim a runner in scoring position, and this time, he came out on top.
"I was relieved that I got that last hit," Kim said through an interpreter. "I wasn't happy with the call. It just happens. I wanted to do something good and it just happened."
His single into right field completed a 3-for-4 afternoon for the left fielder, who was replaced by pinch-runner Joey Rickard. Kim had been hitless in his first two games of the season, and he hopes a performance like Saturday's is the start of a good stretch. After all, he didn't have his first three-hit game last year until April 30.
"I believe today's game went pretty good," Kim said. "I really hope it helps."