Sonny Gray made his Major League Baseball debut Wednesday night.
The Smyrna High graduate didn’t disappoint. Gray pitched two innings of scoreless baseball in relief during Oakland’s 5-0 loss at Pittsburgh. The performance came after a lengthy rain delay in Pittsburgh.
The former Vanderbilt right-handed pitcher struck out three batters and gave up just one hit. He threw 25 pitches – 18 for strikes.
Gray was consistently between 94 and 96 mph with his fast ball. He popped out former Vanderbilt teammate Pedro Alvarez for his final out of his outing.
Gray’s outing was popular in social media. He was trending on Twitter during his appearance.
Gray, 23, was 8-5 in Triple-A for Sacramento before being called up on Tuesday. He has been selected to start the Triple-A all-star game.
Gray said Tuesday he was told by the A’s that this could be a brief stint with the A’s to “get his feet wet.” The A’s are battling the Texas Rangers for first place in the American League West.