Former Kane County Cougars pitcher Zack Godley struck out seven batters in six shutout innings on his way to winning his major-league debut Thursday night.
The 25-year-old righty held the Milwaukee Brewers to four hits without walking anyone. He got plenty of run support from his fellow Arizona Diamondbacks, who won the game 8-3.
His seven strikeouts tied the Diamondbacks record for strikeouts in a pitcher’s first MLB appearance, originally set by Max Scherzer in a relief outing in 2008. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Godley is the first pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to throw at least six scoreless innings with no walks and seven or more strikeouts in his MLB debut.
Godley made 11 relief appearances for the 2014 Cougars, finishing nine games and earning seven saves while posting a 1.80 ERA with 25 strikeouts and seven walks in 15 innings. The Diamondbacks converted him to a starter this season after acquiring him from the Chicago Cubs last December.