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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Shepherd Makes MLB Debut

By Jon Sargalis

Chandler Shepherd became the 11th former Mohawk to reach majors as he made his debut with the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. 

The Orioles were trailing 7-2 in the fifth inning when Shepherd entered and pitched the final 4 innings. 

The first batter Shepherd faced was Didi Gregorius as he got him to line out to center field. Cameron Maybin followed with a walk and scored on a Mike Tauchman double. That would be the only run Shepherd would allow. 

In the sixth, Chandler recorded his first career strikeout as Aaron Judge took a fastball for a called strike 3.

 

Shepherd went 4 innings in his debut, he allowed 1 run on 5 hits and 3 walks with 2 strikeouts.

In 2012, Chandler came to the Mohawks from the University of Kentucky and was named the PGCBL Pitcher of the Year. He went 7-0 with a 1.31 ERA and recorded 50 strikeouts in 55 innings. In the playoffs he went 2-0 and was the winning pitcher in the championship clinching game over the Glens Falls Golden Eagles.

The Red Sox drafted Shepherd in the 13th round of the 2014 draft. He made it to Triple-A before being designated for assignment in May. The Cubs picked him up, but he was claimed off waivers by the Orioles and placed in Triple-A with the Norfolk Tides. The Orioles first called Shepherd up on July 30th but sent him back down the following day. He was recalled on August 13th and made his debut the same night.


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