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they stand in team history?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Diamondbacks Farm TeamsGameday ThreadsDiamondbacks NewsDiamondbacks Game ReportsFang FoodConcerning dazzling Diamondbacks debutsNew http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-cliff-pennington-jersey ,30commentsWe had a couple of rather good ones last night. Where do they stand in team history?EDTShareTweetShareShareConcerning dazzling Diamondbacks debutsOrlando Ramirez-USA TODAY SportsMerrill KellyKelly became the seventh Diamondbacks pitcher in franchise history to throw a quality start in his MLB debut, and the first since Zack Godley in July 2015. It was, admittedly, a squeaker in terms of quality starts, being the bare minimum in both innings pitched (six) and earned runs allowed (three). But on the other hand, it consisted of five excellent innings, and a mistake pitch which Fernando Tatis Jr. brutalized with the enthusiasm of a lion spotting a gazelle wearing a surgical boot. Still, you’d have got long odds against Kelly being the first member of the 2019 rotation to throw a quality start, and after the horrors of our pitching in Los Angeles, it seems churlish to quibble about the quality of the quality start. Below are details of last night’s outing, and how it compares to the six previous QS debuts for Arizona.D-backs quality starts in debutsPlayerDateOppRsltIPHRERBBSOHRGScPlayerDateOppRsltIPHRERBBSOHRGScWhat’s notable is, of course, Kelly’s age: 30 years and 169 days. That’s about two years and ten months more than the next-oldest on the list (Gerardo Guzman) Reggie Sanders Jersey , and nine years older than our youngest QS debutant, Tyler Skaggs. It makes him the third-oldest rookie to pitch their first game for the Diamondbacks. I’m sure you can guess Yoshihisa Hirano is top; the other was Matt Buschmann, 32 when he appeared for Arizona in 2016. Since the D-backs entered the majors in 1998, only four older players have pitched a quality start and got a win in their first appearance. Unsurprisingly, three of those are Japanese “rookies” [Kenshin Kawakami, Hiroki Kuroda and Masato Yoshii], while the fourth was Orlando Hernandez. Jon DuplantierWith his three scoreless innings, Duplantier also joins his own elite club. There were also six previous Diamondbacks to throw three or more scoreless innings in their debut, though Kelly is the only one to have picked up a save. Unsurprisingly, there is some over lap with the list above for Kelly: Archie Bradley and Zack Godley’s first times on the mound, appear on both tables. However, there are some new entries to consider as well. 3+ scoreless innings in debutPlayerDateOppRsltIPHRERBBSOHRPlayerDateOppRsltIPHRERBBSOHRThe closest parallel is probably the first appearance of future Cy Young winner, Max Scherzer http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-cliff-pennington-jersey , which is the only such game where the pitcher appeared in relief. Similarly to Duplantier, Scherzer was a highly-rated prospect whose arrival was hotly anticipated. But if Jon’s first appearance was good, Scherzer’s was off-the-charts amazing. He faced thirteen batters that night, and retired all of them, seven by the strikeout. I wrote at the time, ‘Tonight may be one of those games we look back on in twenty years and say, “Yes, I remember seeing Scherzer make his major-league debut.”’ Almost 10 years on, it’s certainly true; here’s to us saying the same thing about Duplantier’s debut, in 2029! CLEVELAND (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr.’s two-run double highlighted Atlanta’s five-run rally in the ninth inning as the Braves stormed back to beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday night and gain a split.The Braves trailed 7-0 after two innings but chipped away late and stopped a four-game losing streak.Cleveland won the opener 8-4 behind Corey Kluber’s strong outing.Acuna ripped his double to left on the second pitch from Cody Anderson, Cleveland’s third reliever in the ninth and a pitcher seeking his first big league save. The Braves also got a two-run single by Ozzie Albies and a bases-loaded walk to Freddie Freeman in the inning before Acuña,the budding star, came through after going hitless in his previous six at-bats.Luke Jackson (2-0) pitched the eighth Joe Morgan Jersey , and A.J. Minter struck out the side in the ninth for his second save.Before Atlanta’s comeback, the Indians had welcomed back All-Star Francisco Lindor, who finally made his season debut. Lindor returned after missing 19 games with an ankle injury, and went 1 for 5 with a run scored. More importantly, the talented shortstop was back atop Cleveland’s lineup and his presence had an immediate effect.The Indians scored seven runs in their first two at-bats against Touki Toussaint, whose first start this season couldn’t have gone much worse. The right-hander gave up six hits, hit three batters and dropped the Braves into a deep, early hole.Trevor Bauer kept them there for nearly seven innings.He allowed only three hits — two by Tyler Flowers — in 6 1/3 innings and threw a season-high 120 pitches while making Atlanta’s hitters guess what was coming next. Bauer has allowed four earned runs or fewer in his last 58 starts, the majors’ longest streak since Hall of Famer Greg Maddux did it for 106 straight outings from 1991-94.Dansby Swanson’s two-run homer in the seventh got things for the Braves, who then sent 11 batters to the plate in the ninth.Lindor could barely contain his excitement before the game, expressing his gratitude at playing again.“I miss my teammates, I miss the game,” he said. “I miss the things within the game. It’s an honor. It’s a privilege to be healthy. It’s a blessing Dave Concepcion Jersey , and I ain’t taking it for granted.”After receiving a boisterous ovation as he stretched while walking slowly to the plate, Lindor struck out in his first at-bat of 2019. An inning later, he singled sharply to right-center and scored on Ramirez’s base hit. Lindor is wearing a brace on his ankle, which has slightly altered his gait but his boyish enthusiasm remains unchanged.Jose Ramirez hit a two-run single and Jake Bauers added a two-run double during Cleveland’s five-run outburst in the second, which was aided by Toussaint hitting Leonys Martin — for the second straight time — and nailing Carlos Gonzalez.In the opener, Kluber bounced back from one of his worst outings in recent years by working seven innings. The right-hander didn’t get out of the third in his previous start, when he walked a career-high five and gave up two homers in a no-decision.TRAINER’S ROOMBraves: Acuña stayed in the opener after being hit on the left elbow by Kluber in the third. Acuña also slid awkwardly while catching Allen’s sinking liner in the same inning.Indians: Injured starter Mike Clevinger has elected not to undergo surgery on an upper back strain, a procedure that could sideline him for three months. Francona said the right-hander will undergo another MRI and the results will determine when he can resume throwing.UP NEXTAtlanta’s LHP Max Fried (2-0, 0.92 ERA) will start the nationally televised three-game series finale against RHP Shane Bieber (2-0, 1.71 ERA), who has limited opponents to a .147 average in five appearances.
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