Brewers duo make historic pitching debuts as starters

 

Taylor Jungmann

Taylor Jungmann

Within the span of one week, the Milwaukee Brewers had two pitchers make their Major League debuts by making quality starts. In fact, rookie hurlers Tyler Cravy and Taylor Jungmann joined a short list of pitchers who have put up some pretty impressive numbers in their first start in an MLB uniform.

Cravy, starting June 2 against St. Louis, took the loss in the Brewers 1-0 defeat. He did, however, pitch seven innings allowing only four hits and giving up one earned run. Jungmann, starting June 9 against the Pirates, pitched an almost identical game to Cravy, although the Brewers won the contest 4-1. Jungmann got his first major league win by pitching seven innings, allowing only three hits and one earned run.

Cravy and Jungmann became the 131st and 132nd starting pitchers in MLB history (since 1914) to pitch at least seven innings, allow less than five hits and give up one or no earned runs in their MLB debut. It was the fourth time it happened in the majors this season as Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez (7.2 innings pitched, three hits and no earned runs)and Baltimore’s Mike Wright (7.1 innings pitched. four hits and no earned runs) achieved those numbers in their MLB debuts this season as starters.

For the Brewers, it was the third and fourth time a rookie pitcher making his MLB debut reached those numbers. Rickey Keeton on May 27, 1980 pitched seven innings allowing three hits and one earned run in his MLB debut as a starter; Steve Woodard had the best start of a Brewers rookie pitcher making his MLB debut when he on June 28, 1987 pitched eight innings allowing only one hit and no runs in his MLB debut as a starter. The Brew Crew won that game 1-0.Cravy

The Brewers became only the fourth team in MLB history to have two pitchers make their MLB debut as a starter with these numbers in the same season. In fact, with only one week separating Cravy’s and Jungmann’s performances, it was the shortest time between two such games by teammates in MLB history. The other teams that had two rookie starters reach these numbers in their debut in the same year: St. Louis (Michael Wacha and Tyler Lyons in 2013), San Diego (Brian Tollberg and Rodrigo Lopez in 2000) and Anaheim (Brian Cooper and Ramon Ortiz in 1999).

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