Just hours after catching a morning flight from Arkansas, left-hander Matt Strahm made his big-league debut Sunday in the Royals' 5-3 loss to the Texas Rangers.
Strahm came on in the bottom of the seventh and faced three hitters. He allowed a leadoff single to first baseman Mitch Moreland before striking out left fielder Ryan Rua. He issued a walk to catcher Robinson Chirinos before Royals manager Ned Yost called on right-hander Peter Moylan.
“I thought it was good,” Strahm said. “They called down and it happened so quick. But looking back on it, it’s unreal.”
Moylan allowed one of Strahm’s runners to score, leaving the rookie southpaw with a line of one-third innings pitched, one hit, one run, one walk and one strikeout.
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“I thought he threw the ball well,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Strahm, a 24-year-old native of North Dakota, was drafted out of Neosho County Community College in the 21st round of the 2012 draft.