Eric Skoglund twirled a gem in his MLB debut after a thumbs-up from Miguel Cabrera
Major League debuts don't get much tougher than the one Royals starter Eric Skoglund faced on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Not only was he matched up against Justin Verlander; he would also have to face Miguel Cabrera and a potent Tigers lineup.
With two outs in the first, Skoglund came face-to-face with the two-time MVP. Showing his sportsmanship, Cabrera gave the rookie a little thumbs-up.
The gesture was not lost on Skoglund. "That was fun," he said to MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan. "Pretty cool."
Cabrera has previously offered similar kudos to other pitchers, but few have ended up with outings as good as Skoglund's. After walking Cabrera and allowing a single to
With his parents cheering him on, Skoglund retired the next 14 batters in a row and departed with 6 1/3 brilliant innings of two-hit shutout ball. He even got to add Cabrera to his strikeout list.
It was a night worthy of an ovation, and the Kansas City crowd obliged.