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SPR-SUM 2018

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count, 2-1. Goldschmidt swung through a fastball on the outer half to make it 2-2 and then fouled off a slider, before offi cially, and rudely, welcoming McGowan to the big leagues. "I knew I could get him out down and away, and up and in, with fastballs," recounted McGowan. "I thought I had him, but then I threw a fastball that caught too much of the plate and he hit it in the gap." Goldschmidt went the other way, into the gap in right-center, for an RBI double to drive home the runner McGowan had inherited. Four pitches later, McGowan got J.D. Martinez to pop up to second base to end the inning. McGowan bounced back nicely in the sixth and retired the side in order on 16 pitches. He got Brandon Drury to bounce out to third base and Ketel Marte lined out to shortstop. Finally, he capped the inning with his fi rst MLB strikeout, using fi ve pitches to fan Adam Rosales, whom he dispatched with an 81-mph changeup for a swinging strike three. e strikeout would be the fi nal out McGowan recorded on the night, as things went off track when he returned to the mound for the seventh. A walk, a single and another walk loaded the bases with nobody out on 12 pitches, and that was it for McGowan's major league debut. He was relieved by Hansel Robles, who got out of the jam while allowing just one run. McGowan's initial big league line: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. e baseballs used for his fi rst MLB pitch and his fi rst career strikeout were both taken out of play, marked as authentic by the MLB authenticator on-site, put into cases and given to McGowan, who says he will likely give the mementos to his parents. He came away with one other souvenir from his big league debut as well: the lineup sheet, which was posted on the wall of the dugout during the game. For McGowan though, the memorabilia cannot match the memories. "I'm still in shock, it's still so surreal." Welcome to the S how, indeed. Facing page: Kevin McGowan pitching in his major league debut. This page: Kevin McGowan pitching during his junior season at Franklin Pierce. " It's obviously something you dream about since you're in Little League, so I really wanted to enjoy it instead of just shutting off my emotions."

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