Bryan Shaw may have drawn the start for the Cleveland Guardians at Fenway Park last night, but left-hander Kirk McCarty put on a show in relief and ultimately played the hero role against the Boston Red Sox.
After Shaw was pulled following 2.1 innings of work and Nick Sandlin finished the third inning, Cleveland turned to McCarty in the fourth.
All he did was hold the Boston Red Sox scoreless and without a hit for four innings, striking out four batters and walking only one.
McCarty’s efforts were enough to earn him his first win of the season.
The Guardians tweeted a graphic featuring his pitching line from last night, encouraging everybody to “put some respect on his name.”
— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) July 27, 2022
Put Some Respect On His Name
That’s precisely what we should be doing right now.
McCarty entered the game and held a very tough Red Sox lineup scoreless for four innings.
He played the hero last night as the Guardians ultimately won by a final score of 8-3.
He also only allowed one hit.
For him to do this just four games into his MLB career is quite something.
Here’s a guy who allowed four runs in each of his first two big-league starts but has now seemingly found a home in the bullpen as a long man.
He’s been back and forth from the majors to Triple-A this season.
But with a performance like last night’s, he could find himself sticking around for a little while longer.
He went into the game and completely shut down the Red Sox offense for four innings, continuing Boston’s slide and helping the Guardians stay afloat in the race for the AL Central and the Wild Card.