Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Quick look at Tepesch's night
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers rookie Nick Tepesch made his major league debut Tuesday night and beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-1, at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. He allowed a run in 7 1/3 innings. Here's a quick look at some of his accomplishments on the night:
* Tepesch became the first pitcher to post a line of 7 1/3 innings, four hits or less, and a run or less in his major league debut on a date as early as April 9 since the Cincinnati Reds' Wayne Simpson did so on April 9, 1970 at Dodger Stadium.
* He's the first pitcher in the big leagues to go at least 7 1/3 innings while allowing a run or less in his debut since the Cleveland Indians' Scott Lewis pitched eight shutout innings on Sept. 10, 2008 at Baltimore.
* He's the the fifth Rangers pitcher to throw at least 7 1/3 innings in a start in his major league debut. He's the first to allow a run or less in the outing. John Detmer was the last Rangers pitcher to go that many innings in his debut, allowing four earned runs in eight innings on June 16, 1994 against the New York Yankees.
* The last Ranger to pitch at least seven innings in a start in his major league debut was Brian Sikorski, who went seven shutout innings against the Yankees on Aug. 16, 2000.