Workman 'obviously excited' in MLB debut

Workman 'obviously excited' in MLB debut
July 11, 2013, 8:30 am
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Brandon Workman made his major league debut in the eighth inning Wednesday night and it's a safe bet that he won't soon forget it.

In addition to the thrill of pitching in the big leagues for the first time, he got belted around in the first inning of work, allowing three runs on four hits -- all for extra-bases -- including yielding a homer to Brendan Ryan, the first hitter he faced.

He came back in the ninth and retired the side in order with two strikeouts.

"It was good to see Workman come into the game,'' said John Farrell, "and get his first outing under his belt. (He had) very good stuff. He threw a lot of strikes. Some strikes found the middle of the plate for some hard contact in the first inning, but it was good to see him go out and kind of make amends a little bit and get some better results in that second inning.''

"I was definitely excited they sent me back out for a second inning,'' said Workman. "Obviously, giving up a home run to my first batter wasn't ideal. But I felt like I did a good job of bouncing back and making some better pitches in the second inning and obviously had better results.''

Workman admitted he had some first-game jitters in the first inning of work.

"I made some pitches that I left over the plate and they hit them hard,'' he said. "I was obviously excited and had a little bit more adrenaline than usual pitching, so I think I had that leaving some balls up. When I made pitches I was capable of making, I had good results.''