With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning in the second game of a double header, pitcher Josh Ravin made his MLB debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers. After making five pitches, the right-hander recorded his first Major-League strikeout to send the game into the ninth.
Ravin was drafted in the fifth round of the 2006 MLB draft by the Cincinnati Reds and bounced around the lower Minor Leagues until finally reaching Triple-A in 2013 and staying there until his call up on June 2.
After facing just one batter, the 27-year-old earned his first career win thanks in large part to an Alex Guerrero grand slam in the top of the ninth inning. Following the game, Ravin commented on the treatment he received in the locker room, via Time Warner Cable’s SportsNet LA:
They brought me in the shower and dumped cold water on me. I really don’t know what to think yet. I’m going to sleep with the ball, I know that. It’s been a long time building up so it’s a pretty cool feeling. I didn’t sleep very much last night. It’s still setting in.”
And it had been a long time building up, as this would have been Ravin’s 10th consecutive season in the Minors without making one pitch in the Major. Because of this, Ravin said he did expect to be among the players the Dodgers called up for one of Tuesday’s games:
I knew there was a chance that I could be one the guys [to get called up] but I didn’t really have any expectations. I didn’t really think it was going to be me because it never was in the past. They called up [David] Huff and [Ian] Thomas, so I figured those were the guys and went about my business.”
Adam Liberatore, who also made his MLB debut this season, was in the same boat as Ravin at one point, but has found a spot in the Dodgers bullpen and made the most of it. While Ravin may not yet be afforded the same opportunity, he presents plenty of intrigue given the live arm he possess and could at one point receive the break needed to make an impact.