Rangers Chi Chi Gonzalez Dominates In MLB Debut
Rookie pitcher loses no-hit bid in the 6th inning.
On May 29th, the Texas Rangers announced on their Twitter page that they were promoting RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez.
On Saturday, Gonzalez made his major league debut against the Boston Red Sox and he didn’t disappoint, as he tossed 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, while striking out two, but he did walk five batters.
The Rangers offense put a run on the board in the bottom of the first and then four in the fourth, one in the fifth, and two in the seventh to come away with an 8-0 victory and secure that Gonzalez would earn his first MLB victory.
In the second, the rookie right hander, worked out of a jam when he struck out Rusney Castillo with two men on and the Rangers up 1-0.
In the third, he retired the Red Sox in order and the next inning, he worked around another walk to help keep the Rangers lead intact. He walked his fifth batter in the bottom of the fifth, but once again was able to end any threat.
To this point, Gonzalez hadn’t given up a hit, but Ortiz had other ideas as he drove a line drive double to center field to break up the no-no bid. After the rookie pitcher retired Ramirez on a ground out, Pablo Sandoval reached base on a fielders choice as Ortiz was nabbed at the plate.
[When I was removed from the game] “I tried not to smile, but I couldn’t do it, I smiled, I was happy, the support from everybody, my family is here, everybody’s support and the fans, it was awesome,” says Gonzalez as he spoke with Fox Sports after the game.
The Rangers bullpen gave up just three singles the rest of the way to the Red Sox, without allowing a run, to help secure the combined shutout victory.
David Ortiz – 2 for 4, Double