Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman made his major league debut on Thursday night. Earlier during the day, Ian broke down the boldness of Gausman's promotion, and there were questions of how he would perform. Even though the Orioles got smashed 12-6 in Toronto and Gausman got the loss, his performance opened a lot of eyes. Gausman allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings, striking out five and walking two. Gausman tallied seven whiffs on 89 pitches, and averaged a whopping 97 mph with his fastball on 63 pitches, topping out at 99. Yes, the end result wasn't exactly perfect for Baltimore, but Gausman sure did give the team and their fans a lot to look forward to for the future.
PIC OF THE DAY
Starlin Castro of the Cubs almost appears to be posing as he receives this throw at second base… (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Game of the Night: Tigers 7, Twins 6. Josh Willingham hit a solo homer in the seventh to put Minnesota in front 6-3, and things looked rosy for the Twins. Then, of course, they turned into the Twins. Casey Fien put two men on in the seventh and was replaced by Brian Duensing, who allowed a pair of RBI singles to cut the lead to 6-5. Jared Burton replaced Duensing, and allowed an RBI double to Jhonny Peralta to tie the game. In the eighth, Prince Fielder came up with men on first and second, and he singed to shallow right off of the glove of Brian Dozier. Omar Infante scored to put Detroit in front, and Jose Valverde slammed the door with authority in the ninth to finish the game.
Pitching Lines of the Night: There were ten starts today. Jeanmar Gomez of the Pirates had the highest game score of the day at 53. He threw 3 2/3 innings. Thus, I'm making the rare judgment call of saying that there are NO pitching lines of the night today.
Hitting Lines of the Night: This on the other hand, will be easy to fill. Josh Willingham went 2/4 with two homers and four RBI in the Twins' loss in Detroit. JP Arencibia had a good game for the Blue Jays in their win over Baltimore, going 2/5 with two runs, four RBI, a double, and a homer. The Indians crushed the Red Sox 12-3 in Terry Francona's return to Boston, and Drew Stubbs went 3/5 with a run, three RBI, two doubles, and a triple. Miguel Cabrera stayed hot for the Tigers in their win over the Twins, going 2/3 with two runs, three RBI, two walks, and his 14th homer of the year. Finally, there's Manny Machado, who stayed white hot for the Orioles, going 3/4 with two RBI and three doubles.
Other Games: The Pirates edged the Cubs 4-2, battling a 1:47 rain delay in the process. The Angels homered four times in a 5-4 win over the Royals.
Today's Games: Kris Medlen starts for the Braves in New York. Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers host the Twins. Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies take on Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals. Justin Masterson takes on John Lackey in Boston. Scott Feldman starts for the Cubs against Bronson Arroyo and the Reds. AJ Burnett starts for the Pirates in Milwaukee. John Danks makes his first start for the White Sox in over a year against the Marlins. Brandon McCarthy and the Diamondbacks host the Padres. Lance Lynn starts for the Cardinals in Los Angeles. Tim Lincecum and the Giants host the Rockies.
National TV: Phillies-Nationals (7 PM, MLB Network), Yankees-Rays (7 PM, MLB Network)
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.