MILWAUKEE Tyler Thornburg hadn't pitched in ten days and was on his way to play in the Southern League All-Star game before getting the call up to start for the Brewers on Tuesday against Toronto.
So he turned his car around after a five-hour drive to Knoxville, made it to an airport, and made it to Milwaukee in a whirlwind, all the while anticipating his first-ever major league start. As one of the Brewers' best overall prospects, there was plenty of anticipation surrounding Tuesday night's pitcher. After all, through 13 starts at the Double-A level, Thornburg was by far the organization's best pitching prospect with an 8-1 record and 3.00 ERA.
And through five innings on Tuesday night, that anticipation seemed to be leading to quite a debut for Thornburg, who had skipped Triple-A altogether to make the call-up. He had allowed a two-run home run from Toronto's Brett Lawrie in the third inning, but Thornburg hadn't made any other obvious mistakes.
The nerves were there for Thorn...