Apr 27, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcherScott Carroll
throws a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Carroll didn’t disappoint in his MLB debut on the mound, Sunday afternoon, as they Chicago White Sox starter pitched his way to a win in start No. 1 of the year.
The 29-year old Carroll, who was the winning pitcher, led the White Sox to a 9-2 victory, went 7.1 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks. He struck out three and has an ERA of 1.23.
He retired the first six batters he faced, and for the game, retired the first three batters he faced in an inning on three occasions. In the seventh he faced four batters, and did the same thing in the third and sixth innings.
This was an absolute excellent effort for his first time out in the majors, especially after spending eight years in the minors. An arm injury earlier in his career almost forced him to retire from the game.
Before this game, Carroll was 3-1 a Triple-A Charlotte with an ERA of 1.57 in four minor league starts this season.
The White Sox got everything they needed from Carroll today, and more. He even received a standing ovation from the White Sox fans and announcer Ken Harrelson.
One of the best parts about this start was when the camera went to his parents, family and friends as they had a section cheering him on at US Cellular Field.
In this debut start, Carroll also had a hit batter and a wild pitch. Thirteen of the outs Carroll recorded were via ground outs and two by fly ball.
I was excited to see what Carroll had to offer before the game, now I can’t wait to see him pitch in the majors again in his next start.
Also, at the end of the game he got the Gatorade shower, as he was emotional in the postgame interview, talking about his journey to that start.
What a debut for Carroll and what a day for the White Sox.
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