Former Bellevue College Pitcher Adrian Sampson, whose stock rose while pitching two years at Bellevue College and leading the Bulldogs to an NWAC title in 2011, made his major league debut for the Seattle Mariners at historic Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.
Adrian Sampson makes MLB debut, but Mariners can’t muster much support in loss to Red Sox
|Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Adrian Sampson pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday, June 18, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) — MAMS (Mary Schwalm/AP)|
Adrian Sampson gives a serviceable effort for nearly five innings in his major-league debut for Seattle in Fenway Park. But the Red Sox eventually pull away for a 6-2 win over the Mariners, who fall to 36-32 on the season.
BOSTON — Welcome to the big leagues, kid. You get to face the most potent offense in baseball in a park that has left many a pitcher emotionally scarred.
The odds certainly were against Adrian Sampson and the Mariners before he ever took the mound Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.
In his big-league debut, the 24-year-old right-hander had the pleasure of trying to stymie a Red Sox offensive juggernaut that averages six runs per game in the venerable old yard.
In the end, the probabilities played out in a 6-2 defeat for the Mariners. With the setback, Seattle dropped to 36-32. The Mariners have lost 14 of their past 22 games.
But for almost five innings, Sampson was able to limit the damage of the Red Sox hitters, giving a serviceable effort. His teammates certainly didn’t help him out with run support, providing token offense and failing to produce with runners in scoring position.
"He hung in there," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "He probably wasn’t as sharp as he normally is. But you know, it’s his major-league debut and there are going to be a lot of butterflies. I thought he hung in there and gave us a chance."
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