Former Wisconsin Timber Rattlers RHP Damien Magnifico made his major-league debut for the Milwaukee Brewers in the first game of the Brew Crew’s Tuesday doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Magnifico, who throws a power fastball that can reach about 97 mph, was called up to the big leagues Tuesday after the Brewers placed reliever Michael Blazek on the disabled list with a right elbow injury. He pitched the 8th inning of the game, with debut nerves apparent at first before he settled down.
Magnifico walked the first batter he faced, Ben Zobrist. He hit the next batter, Addison Russell, and then threw a wild pitch that allowed the runners to advance to second and third with no outs. He got the next three batters to fly out, with Zobrist scoring in the process.
The Cubs won the game 4-0.
Magnifico started the 2013 season with the Timber Rattlers, going 5-1 with a 3.83 ERA, 46 strikeouts and 24 walks in 54 innings (11 games/eight starts). Before his promotion to the majors, he pitched in Triple-A this season, going 6-6 with a 3.18 ERA, 17 saves, 54 strikeouts and 29 walks in 56.2 innings (47 games) for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.