Found June 16, 2013 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
The Pirates fell to the Dodgers in a wild, wild game on Saturday afternoon, evening this weekend’s series. Brandon Cumpton immediately caught everyone’s attention with an incredible start to his big league debut. The righty isn’t known as a big strikeout guy, but he went right at the Dodgers and struck out all three batters in the first inning – then tacked on two more in the second. He set down the first eight before walking Clayton Kershaw, and put four zeroes on the board to start the game. Pretty cool stuff for a kid who most didn’t really expect anything from coming in to the game. Meanwhile, the Bucs got a quick run off Kershaw in the first (thanks to an airmailed throw by Hanley Ramirez) and you had to start thinking they had a chance at pulling off an improbable victory. Both pitchers settled in to their expected forms in the middle innings, though. The Dodgers started hitting Cumpton and didn’t strike out against him the rest of the way. Kershaw went in to cruise control an...
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