Two former Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers achieved personal firsts in the major leagues as their Houston Astros swept the Minnesota Twins in a doubleheader Thursday.
RHP Jandel Gustave made his major-league debut in the first game, pitching the 9th inning for the Astros. He gave up one run on three hits and a wild pitch.
Gustave pitched for Quad Cities in 2014, going 5-5 with a 5.01 ERA, two saves, 82 strikeouts and 29 walks in 79 innings (23 games/14 starts). He started this season in Triple-A, going 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA, three saves, 52 strikeouts and 18 walks in 51 innings (41 relief appearances) for the Fresno Grizzlies.
RHP Chris Devenski picked up his first MLB win by pitching five scoreless innings in Game 2 of the doubleheader. It was a spot start for Devenski, who normally pitches in relief for the Astros. He allowed only two hits, walked none, and struck out five.
Devenski is now 1-4 with a 2.35 ERA, one save, 71 strikeouts and 17 walks in 80.1 innings (32 games/five starts) for Houston this season.
Devenski pitched for the River Bandits in 2013, going 4-3 with a 4.36 ERA, 32 strikeouts and nine walks in 43.1 innings (eight starts) during the regular season.
Side note: I saw Devenski pitch for the River Bandits in Game 1 of the 2013 Midwest League Championship Series, in a start that pitted him against RHP Braden Shipley of the South Bend Silver Hawks. (Read my post about that game here.)
Shipley made his MLB debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 25. He made 12 regular-season starts for the 2013-14 Silver Hawks, going 4-3 with a 3.39 ERA, 57 strikeouts and 19 walks in 66.1 innings.