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Beaten debutantes

From the island of Aruba, reader Sergio Villouta asks us if the pair of home runs allowed by rookie Máximo Castillo from Caracas on Sunday, June 19, with the Blue Jays, against the Yankees, in his Major League debut, from the mound from the Roger Center in Toronto, is a record for a Venezuelan rookie.

Thanks to the search engine of the useful portal www.baseball-reference.com we can satisfy the restlessness of the friend Villouta.

With Castillo, there are thirteen Venezuelan pitchers who since 1989, 33 years ago, have accepted at least two homers in their debut game in MLB.

The record is three full lap strikes allowed in his first presentation at the big show and it is held by three Larenses:

The first was Beiker Graterol, who on Friday, April 9, 1999, in an afternoon game held at Yankee Stadium in New York, gave up homers by Tino Martínez and Scott Brosius in the second inning. In the third inning, Jamaican Chili Davis took it out with the bases loaded.

In all, in four innings, the then 24-year-old right-hander allowed four hits, scoring seven runs.

On September 1, 2009, another native of Barquisimeto, Carlos Carrasco, received a similar punishment, who on that date made his debut with the Cleveland Indians, at the age of 22, at Comerica Park in Detroit, against the Tigers. .

In the first episode they gave him the first two home runs in a row, with one out on the board, the Dominican Plácido Polanco and the Maracay player Carlos Guillén. The third tablazo was given to him by Brandon Inge in the third act. In three stretches he allowed nine hits, they manufactured six runs, he gave three walks and three strikeouts.

Pedro Hernández is the third and last Larense who, in his baptism as a bigleaguer, was hit with three complete lap strikes.

At the age of 23, on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, the left-hander from Barquisimeto was sent to the mound of Boston's Fenway Park by the manager of the White Sox, Robin Ventura, to face off against the equally sinister Carabobeño Félix Dubront, in a duel of venezuelans very curious because it had the venezuelan Manuel González as umpire at home plate. Cody Ross gave him the first of two home runs, this one with two on base, in the third inning.

In the fourth he also threw it out with two in circulation and the third came immediately after, courtesy of Adrián González. After reaching base to the first two enemies of the fifth inning, Hernández left the game with four innings of work in which they gave him a dozen hits, scored eight lines, gave a walk and prescribed two strikeouts to the 25 rivals he faced.   

Wilson Alvarez was the first

In his debut with the Texas Rangers on Monday night, July 24, 1989, at the age of 19, Wilson Álvarez was unable to retire any of the five Toronto Blue Jays batters he faced at Arlington Stadium, at the age of 19 years.

Two of the three hits he allowed that day were back-to-back homers by Tony Fernandez and Kelly Gruber.

Five days later, July 29, he was sent in a multiple trade to the White Sox and in his second major league game, on August 11, 1991, with the Sox, he pitched no hit no run against the Orioles in Baltimore.

In his debut game, Máximo Castillo came on as relief for the Blue Birds in the sixth inning. Kyle Higashioka welcomed him with a shot to the left and Guiana's Marwin González followed up with the second shot, which cleared the fence deep in left center.

The other eight Venezuelan pitchers who have allowed two home runs as rookies are:

  • Juan Carlos Pulido (Twins) on April 9, 1994 vs Athletics (HR: Terry Steinbach and Rubén Sierra)
  • Ramon Ramirez (Reds) on August 30, 2008 vs. Giants (HR: Randy Winn and Eugenio Velez)
  • Anthony ortega (Angels) on April 25, 2009 vs. Mariners (HR: Russell Branyan and Wladimir Balentien)
  • Vincent Campos (Jingle Bells) on Aug. 27, 2016 vs. Reds (HR: Zack Cozart and Adam Duvall)
  • Pablo Lopez (Marlins) on June 30, 2018 vs. Mets (HR: José Bautista and Todd Frazier)
  • Willians Astudillo (Twins) on July 14, 2018 vs. Rays (HR: Carlos Gómez and Jake Bauer)
  • Ranger Suarez (Phillies) July 16, 2018 vs. Reds (HR: Eugenio Suárez and Tucker Barnhart)
  • José Mujica (Rockies) Sept. 8, 2020 vs. Padres (HR: Wil Myers and Austin Nola)

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