There weren’t many things that went right for the Red Sox in their 11-3 loss to the Orioles Sunday. But a positive takeaway from the loss was Garrett Whitlock and his dominant performance, which happened to be his Major League debut.
Whitlock, 24, had never pitched above AA in his career, and he pitched 3.1 scoreless innings on Sunday. He became the first pitcher for the Red Sox in team history to allow no runs and no walks with five or more K’s in his debut. Whitlock had a total of 8 K’s Saturday, and allowed just 3 hits. He did not issue a single walk.
“It was definitely a dream come true and it was an honor to be wearing the Red Sox name, making that a dream come true,” said Whitlock, whose wife and mother were at Fenway to watch him debut. “Just can’t thank everyone with the Red Sox enough for giving me a chance.”
Garrett Whitlock was a Rule 5 pick last year from the Yankees. He was a prospect for the Yankees for his whole career, before getting picked up by Chaim Bloom and the Red Sox.
“Adrenaline was rushing. I think anyone that tells you otherwise is lying to you. It was just a ton of fun and just loved soaking it up.”
Cora also added that it was the positive of the day.
“That was a highlight of the day,” Cora said. “The positive of the day. He did an amazing job. … This is a kid that obviously first time in the big leagues, he hasn’t competed at this level or any level in a few years so we were trying to make it a clean inning for him. It just didn’t work out. But going back to him, he was good. Pounded the strike zone, used his fastball up, mixed up his off-speed pitches. It was fun to watch.”