Pirates recall Kingham, who shines in Major League Baseball debut

Pittsburgh has promoted P Nick Kingham to the big league roster, and he is going to start Sunday's game. The rotation became taxed when the Pirates played three games in less than 24 hours Wednesday and Thursday, thanks to a rainout, doubleheader and afternoon game.

"It's a shot in the arm", manager Clint Hurdle said after Corey Dickerson's walk-off homer backed eight shutout innings by Ivan Nova on Wednesday.

Kingham was a 2010 fourth-round draft pick by the Pirates, the same year as promising young Pittsburgh starter Jameson Taillon. After all, he was only seven outs away from pitching the first flawless game in the 131-year history of the Pirates, and he almost accomplished the feat less than three years removed from Tommy John surgery.

"I couldn't be more excited".

"I had a real good feel for my pitches", said Brault, who reached 93 pitches, but only 43 of them strikes. "Let's just do it". Luke Weaver gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 4.85 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season.

Kingham joined Johnny Cueto in 2008 as the only pitchers in the last 100 years to give up one hit, strike out at least nine and walk none in his debut.

With the win, the Pirates are now just a half-game behind the Milwaukee Brewers and Cardinals in the NL Central.

MARINERS 10, INDIANS 4: Ryon Healy hit two home runs and had four RBI, Robinson Cano and Mitch Haniger also homered, and Seattle won at Cleveland. "That's what we want to do". We don't come here to just put (on) the uniform. "We'd been scuffling. We win a series".

METS 14, PADRES 2: Adrian Gonzalez homered, doubled and drove in five runs against his former team, and Zack Wheeler struck out nine in five innings for NY at San Diego. Gonzalez threw a season-high 114 pitches after being removed one batter into the sixth inning last Monday at San Francisco. He worked seven innings, with one earned run, six strikeouts and no walks.

The walks surprised Weaver, who is known for his precision.

The Elias Sports Bureau said no pitcher in the Expansion Era - since 1961 - had taken a ideal game bid so far in his debut. "The game kind of sped up there, and I never found out". On the other side, the Nationals are winless in Roark's last four starts, are 0-4 in his last four outings at home when facing a team with a winning record, and are 1-4 in his last five starts when their opponent allows two runs or less in their previous game.

  • Rosalie Stanley