It didn’t take long for reliever Matt Langwell to realize he was finally in the big leagues after being called up by the Cleveland Indians on June 1. In fact, it only took two pitches.
Langwell’s first pitch to Tampa Bay third baseman and three-time All-Star Evan Longoria was a ball. His second, a fastball around the knees, resulted in a lofty two-run home run into the right field stands.
“I went in there and gave up a home run to the first batter but I didn’t think the pitch was too bad so you know, it was a ‘Welcome to the Big Leagues’ kind of thing and I just went after the next guy and kept attacking,” Langwell said.
He settled down after that, fanning first baseman James Loney on a called-third strike to end the eighth inning and followed that up by tossing a scoreless ninth.
The right-hander was modest in his five appearances with Cleveland, posting a 1-0 record in 5.1 innings with a 5.06 earned run average to go along with six strikeouts and two walks. He allowed just one mor...