Andrew Moore made his major league debut for the Seattle Mariners tonight, getting the start against the Detroit Tigers. The Mariners #4 prospect has impressed the team at every level of pro ball so far, and tonight’s debut was no different. The right hander out of Springfield went 7 strong innings, while giving up 3 runs, striking out 4 Tigers, walking none and leading the Mariners to a sweep of the Tigers.
Moore’s night started off well in the first, getting leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler to ground out, before picking up his first career strikeout when he sat down Tiger catcher Alex Avila.
The Tigers were able to score in the 3rd inning, when Ian Kinsler took Moore deep for his 3rd home run of the series and the first major league home run of the Oregon State great. The 5th inning saw the Tigers mount a mild surge against Moore with 2 runs off of 3 hits. Moore recovered well, pitching a scoreless 6th and 7th to give the Mariners a quality start, and pick up his first career victory. In a bit of a baseball oddity, Moore was relieved in the 8th inning by Max Povse who was also making his major league debut tonight.
Mariner batters did their part to ensure Moore picked up his first career win, with a 9 run outburst, 6 of those runs coming off of the bat of Robinson Cano, who hit a 2 run home run in the 3rd and a grand slam in the 7th. The victory gave the Mariners a series sweep of the Tigers, and put them a game above .500 for the first time this season.
The Mariners will soon have a logjam in the starting rotation as Felix Hernandez is set to return this weekend with fellow injured starters Hisashi Iwakuma and Drew Smyly expected to return in the next few weeks. The Red Storm’s strike zone dominating performance, 69 of 100 Moore’s pitches were strikes, gave Mariner general manager Jerry Dipoto something to think about as he decides who will stay in the bigs and who will return to AAA. Stay with Building The Dam as we follow Andrew Moore’s Seattle career.