As left-hander Daniel Moskos said on Saturday afternoon, you only get to make one major league debut. He made his memorable later that night in a clean eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies.
Afterward, the smile on Moskos’ face could not have been any bigger.
“It was awesome, it was everything I thought it would be,” Moskos said. “I’m really glad I got a chance to get out there and get it under my belt. It was just awesome.”
Moskos was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace Evan Meek, who went on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis and will be returning to Pittsburgh to see Dr. Patrick DeMeo.
The 25-year-old lefty faced Carlos Gonzalez first and got ahead, 0-1, on a 91 mile-per-hour fastball. He threw four sliders in a row and Gonzalez popped out to short on the fourth one. He got ahead of Jose Lopez with another fastball, this one at 90 miles per hour, then threw a change-up before getting Lopez to ground out on another 90 mph fastball. And he wrapped it all up by getting ahead one more time to Seth Smith, who swung and missed at a slider, then saw a fastball, slider and another fastball before hitting a flyball to Garrett Jones.
“It’s how you picture it, you want it to be a 1-2-3 clean inning, get in and get out,” Moskos said. “(Getting ahead of batters) has been a big key to my success, it’s something I worked really hard on in the offseason was getting ahead. Last year when I struggled it was with getting ahead of hitters, and then I really struggled.”
• Jose Tabata left the game after the top of the first inning with a tight right hamstring. He said he felt it when he stepped on the bag at first base running out a ground ball, and although he doesn’t know how he’ll feel tomorrow, it isn’t too bad. Manager Clint Hurdle said they plan to give Tabata a couple days and will navigate a man short then take it from there.
• In addition to generating the Pirates’ only run of the evening, Andrew McCutchen McCutchen made a spectacular catch sliding across his back to end the fifth and then an impressive leaping catch in the bottom of the seventh.
• The Pirates finish April 12-15, compared to their 10-13 mark last April.
• Tonight was Neil Walker’s fifth multi-hit game over his last seven games. He was 0 for 4 in the first game against the Rockies on Friday night.