Blake Snell Impresses In His Major League Debut
- Updated: April 23, 2016
As reported on Friday, the Tampa Rays called up their top pitching prospect Blake Snell to make his major league debut on Saturday against the Yankees in the Bronx.
The left-hander recorded his first two outs on a fly out and pop out, then after a walk to Carlos Beltran, he gave up a single to Mark Teixeira moving Beltran to third. With Alex Rodriguez batting, Snell unloaded a wild pitch allowing Beltran to score. The young lefty then induced a fly ball out off the bat of Rodriguez to end the inning.
In the second inning, Snell struck out the side on 17 pitches and in the third he gave up a one-out hit before retiring the next two batters on a ground out and fly out.
In the fourth inning, the Seattle native retired the side in order, highlighted by freezing both Rodriguez and Brian McCann with called third strikes.
In his fifth and final inning, Snell got Starlin Castro to pop out to second, struck out Chase Headley, and after Didi Gregorius reached on a Brad Miller fielding error, Jacoby Ellsbury flied out to center field.
His stat line for the game: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K
The Rays tied the game in the top of the fourth and took the lead in the fifth, putting Snell in line for his first Major League victory, but the Yankees came back to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh, on an RBI single from Brett Gardner.
The game is still in progress. Please stay tuned.