Former Fort Wayne TinCaps pitcher Matt Wisler made his major-league debut for the Atlanta Braves on Friday, and it was a memorable one.
Wisler earned the win by giving up only one run on six hits in eight innings. He struck out two batters and walked none. A.J. Pierzynski — another former Fort Wayne player — was his catcher.
Opposing pitcher Jacob deGrom also was impressive, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three in 7.1 innings. The New York Mets hurler gave up both runs in the 8th inning, getting him a hard-luck 2-1 loss on his 27th birthday.
Wisler threw 88 pitches (63 strikes), so it’s possible he would have started the 9th inning if the game wasn’t close. Instead he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 8th.
Jace Peterson — one of Wisler’s TinCaps teammates — drove in both Braves runs on a one-out double in the 8th. Wisler and Peterson were Triple-A teammates in the San Diego organization before the Padres traded them to the Braves in separate transactions last offseason.
Michael Cuddyer drove in the Mets’ only run on an RBI single off Wisler in the 6th inning. He also played for Fort Wayne.
Wisler went 5-4 with a 2.53 ERA, 113 strikeouts and 28 walks in 114 IP for the 2012 TinCaps.
Peterson batted .286 with 2 HR, 48 RBI and 51 SB in 117 games with the 2012 TinCaps.
Pierzynski played in 136 games with the Fort Wayne Wizards in 1995-96, hitting .280 with 9 HR and 84 RBI.
Cuddyer batted .276 with 12 HR, 81 RBI and 16 SB in 129 games with the 1998 Wizards.
Ross fans 11, gets 1st MLB hit
Former TinCaps pitcher Joe Ross struck out 11 and collected his first major-league hit for the Washington Nationals on Friday. He earned the win after giving up one run on six hits and a walk in 7.1 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Ross made his MLB debut on June 6 and has started three games for the Nationals. He is 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA, 23 strikeouts and two walks in 20.1 innings.
He made his Midwest League debut with the TinCaps in 2012, when he went 0-2 with a 6.26 ERA, 27 strikeouts and 11 walks in six starts (27.1 IP) before suffering a shoulder injury. He returned to the TinCaps in 2013, serving as the team’s Opening Day starter and finishing the season 5-8 with a 3.75 ERA, 79 strikeouts and 40 walks in 23 starts (122.1 IP).