Yesterday Jason Heyward hit the shot heard around the world in his first MLB at bat, jacking a 3-run bomb off of the Cubs Carlos Zambrano. The highly touted Atlanta Braves rookie outfielder, and favorite for NL Rookie of the Year, started his career off in grand fashion. He finished the game going 2-5 with 2 runs scored and 4 rbi.
He wasn't the only player appearing in an official MLB game for the first time, as some lesser hyped pitchers made a solid go of it on their first trip to the mound. Lefty Jesse English pitched 1.1 scoreless innings for the Washington Nationals, while Rule 5 pick David Herndon tossed a scoreless frame in the same game for the Philadelphia Phillies. Logan Ondrusek of the Cincinnati Reds and Carlos Monasterios of the Los Angeles Dodgers also went a scoreless inning each. James Russell was the lone bright spot for the Chicago Cubs pitching staff yesterday, going 2 untouched innings, while the rest of his team surrendered 16 runs to the Braves.
One other batter stepped to the plate for his first taste of MLB pitching, Detroit Tigers secondbaseman Scott Sizemore, who went 0-3, but did score a run in a win over the Royals.