Waters hope quick start doesn't lead to bad finish
by Bob Timmermann
28-year old rookie Chris Waters of the Baltimore Orioles made his major league debut Tuesday night in Anaheim against the Angels.
Waters gave up just one hit in eight innings of work, a second inning single by Vladimir Guerrero. He struck out three and walked three. George Sherrill pitched the ninth to save the 3-0 win for the Orioles.
Since 1956, just six pitchers have made their major league debut by pitching at least 8 innings and giving up only one hit.
Starting with the oldest:
A young Dominican named Juan Marichal gave up an 8th inning single to Clay Dalrymple of the Phillies and nothing else. Marichal went the distance in a 2-0 shutout on July 19, 1960. Marichal would toss 52 shutouts in his Hall of Fame career.
California Angels lefty Rudy May pitched 9 innings and gave up just one hit to the Detroit Tigers on April 18, 1965. Pinch hitter Jake Wood doubled in the 8th and would score the tying run on an error by Bobby Knoop. The Tigers won in 13 innings at Anaheim by a 4-1 margin.
On April 14, 1967, Billy Rohr of the Red Sox came within one out of a no-hitter before Elston Howard singled to right. The Red Sox won the game 3-0. Rohr would win only three games in his major league career.
Jimmy Jones was the third pick in the 1982 Amateur Draft (Shawon Dunston was #1 and Augie Schmidt was #2) by the San Diego Padres. Jones made his major league debut on September 21, 1986 against the Astros in Houston. The only hit Jones gave up was a third inning triple by Astros pitcher Bob Knepper (he actually hit two in his career.) Jones pitched in parts of eight seasons for the Padres, Yankees, and Astros and was 43-39 with a 4.46 ERA.
On September 18, 1988, Bob Milacki of the Orioles pitched eight shutout innings at Tiger Stadium and gave up only a third inning double to Tom Brookens. Tom Niedenfuer pitched the ninth inning to get the save as Baltimore won 2-0.
Finally, on July 28, 1997, Steve Woodard of the Brewers bested Toronto and Roger Clemens 1-0 in the first game of a doubleheader at County Stadium. Otis Nixon led off with a double for the only game. Mike Fetters pitched the ninth to save a 1-0 win. Woodard pitched until 2003 with a 32-36 record and a 4.94 ERA.