Kingham ideal through 6 innings for Pirates in Major League Baseball debut

by Leon Thompson May 1, 2018, 4:16
Kingham ideal through 6 innings for Pirates in Major League Baseball debut

When he finally got there, the moment was almost flawless. Nick Kingham made his first major league start and took a flawless game into the seventh inning.

The 26-year-old Kingham was ideal until Paul DeJong's two-out single in the seventh.

"That's how you plan it up, not to let anybody on", Kingham said. They went 79-83 the next year, then finally got the monkey off their backs when they made the playoffs with a 94-68 record. Just kind of starting from the get-go, it went well. It was a really awesome feeling.

"I really just have to rely on my sinker/changeup (combination)". Wayne Simpson of the Reds in 1970 and Ken Cloude of the Mariners in 1997 each set down their first 16 batters. "It was fun while it lasted,"' Kingham said.

The Pirates have promoted a top pitching prospect to bolster the team's rotation. The 26-year-old rookie right-hander retired 20 straight batters before Paul DeJong singled down the left-field line with two outs in the seventh. Walks and homers are to blame, as Roark has yielded five homers with 10 walks in 24 innings across the past four starts.

In the sixth, St. Louis' Marcell Ozuna battled Williams through a nine-pitch at-bat to take a 2-1 lead. He fanned three while throwing 57 of his 75 pitches for strikes.

Clint Hurdle is in his eighth season with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"It was his next start".

"When Nova puts the ball on the ground, guys are going to stay engaged and ready to make plays", Hurdle said. "It had to be more than that. He compartmentalized very well".

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Jameson Taillon was tagged for seven runs on 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings Wednesday in the Pirates' loss to the Tigers. Naturally, he noticed Kingham's performance. "It was just a well-pitched ballgame from him".

Weaver pitched five scoreless inning before walking the bases loaded with one out in the sixth.

Ronald Guzman hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning, and the Rangers beat the Blue Jays.

Kingham, a fourth-round draft pick in 2010, underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2015 and missed most of the 2015 and 2016 campaigns. 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.

Kingham was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday. While the Padres have yet to reveal a concrete timetable for Myers' return, he told reporters he expects to be sidelined for at least 14 days. Left-hander Enny Romero was designated for assignment to make room on the 25-man roster.

Kingham will oppose St. Louis right-hander Luke Weaver (2-1, 4.85 ERA) Sunday.

ASTROS 8, ATHLETICS 4: Gerrit Cole worked into the seventh inning and struck out 12, George Springer and Jose Altuve each drove in two runs, and Houston won at home.

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