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Jarred Cosart dazzles in Major League debut against the Rays

Jul 12, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

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23-year-old Astros pitching prospect Jarred Cosart made his Major League debut tonight against the Rays. He carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, losing it on a one-out single to right field by Ben Zobrist. He went eight-plus innings, shutting out the Rays and out-dueling reigning AL Cy Young award winner David Price.

Throughout the game, Cosart looked sharp and in control. Rays hitters had a tough time squaring him up as he induced grounder after grounder (12 of his 16 batted balls out were on the ground). After Cosart lost the no-hit bid, the Astros had Lucas Harrell warm up in the bullpen just in case, but with 91 pitches and three consecutive right-handed hitters due up in the ninth inning, Cosart was allowed to take the hill to complete the gem. He walked Kelly Johnson to lead off the inning and was relieved by closer Jose Veras.

Veras promptly induced a 6-4-3 double play from Yunel Escobar. Following a throwing error by shortstop Jake Elmore, Luke Scott won a nine-pitch at-bat with a line drive RBI single to center. Veras struck out Evan Longoria looking to end the game, sealing an Astros 2-1 victory.

The Astros acquired Cosart, along with Jonathan Singleton, Josh Zeid, and Domingo Santana from the Phillies in the Hunter Pence trade back on July 29, 2011.

Some trivia about Cosart’s debut:

Cosart was attempting to become the first pitcher since Bumpus Jones in 1892 to throw a no-hitter in his Major League debut. The Astros had planned to option him back to the Minors after his start tonight, and likely will still do so even despite the impressive outing as they wouldn’t need him again until July 23.

  1. moonlandingwasfaked - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Interesting. Danny Salazar made his debut with Cleveland just yesterday and also went hitless into the 6th. They must be using PEDs.

    • moonlandingwasfaked - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Wow look at all those thumbs down. Probably just ‘roid rage or something. Get those tin foil hats back on, guys.

  2. tuberippin - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    This Phillies fan just breathed a deep sigh full of sadness. What a shitty trade that ended up being (well, at least for the Phils). AND they got Jon Singleton.

    • tfoz5150 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      You gotta pay to play.

    • dwdive - Jul 13, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      This is guy might be the only prospect that actually works out for another team. WHo would have thought after all those trades the Phillies made, that this one would have been the one that turned out the best prospect. Look at all the guys the Phillies gave up for Lee and Halladay, not one of them even turned out to be an everyday player, let alone a good player. Cosart was one of the baby Ace’s that may actually turn out to be a ace.

  3. 13arod - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Rays almost tied the game up in the 9th astros got lucky

  4. jeffa43 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    There is 95 and moving, and then there is 95 and darting.

    Good Lord that was awesome!

  5. booty2juiced - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Cosart, whats up buddy? Welcome to my fantasy team.

  6. jkaflagg - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    This was a big moment for the entire Houston organization; they have tried dozens of young players the last few years who they hoped would make it, but Cosart is the first prospect who they really expect to make it….he was always criticized for not striking out enough guys, but you could really see why; tough to square up and get the ball in the air….long way to go, but an impressive debut…..

  7. Jason Lukehart - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    David Price set a Rays record for fewest pitches in a complete game, needing just 87 to get through all nine innings.

    Who knew run support would be an issue against the Astros?!

  8. florida76 - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    The bigger issue for the Rays continues to be lack of fan support. On a Friday night with school out, their team on a eight game winning streak, and the return of Price, only 13,000 managed to attend the game. Given those factors, it doesn’t matter Houston is a bland opponent. Pitiful.

  9. paperlions - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    I didn’t have the sound on, but it looked like the Rays fans gave Cosart a nice little ovation when he left in the 9th. Cool to see fans of an opposing team recognize a kid after a nice MLB debut.

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