NEW YORK (KT) - Kentucky native and Baltimore Orioles right-hander Chandler Shepherd made his major league debut Tuesday night, pitching four innings of solid relief against the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium.
The Orioles fell to the Yankees 8-3 but Shepherd didn’t factor in the decision.
Shepherd, who is from Louisa, allowed five hits and one earned run (2.25 earned run average) in his stint. He also recorded two strikeouts and walked three during his 68-pitch effort.
He certainly seemed to have some butterflies in that first inning, but he composed himself and put together a nice outing in which he worked around a few jams. Over four innings, Shepherd had runners in scoring position three times, and yet he only gave up the one run.
The 26-year-old pitcher has been in the minor leagues since 2014 when the Boston Red Sox selected him in the 13th round of the MLB June Amateur Draft.
He also pitched for the University of Kentucky after starring in high school at Lawrence County.
The Red Sox released Chandler and the Orioles picked him up. He has been waiting two weeks for his debut.
The Orioles called him up once, never used him and sent him back to Norfolk in Triple-A. He was recalled from Norfolk ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Yankees. Since Shepherd was scheduled to pitch for Norfolk on Tuesday, his long relief stint was no surprise.
However, his success may have been a surprise since he had a 7.22 ERA in 81 innings and a 1-9 record at Norfolk this season.
Shepherd became the 36th pitcher the Orioles have used this season.