PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 26: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets delivers his first Major League Baseball pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 26, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
Matt Harvey put on quite a show in his major league debut against the Diamondbacks this evening. With eleven strikeouts, Harvey broke the Mets' all-time record for strikeouts in a major league debut. Before tonight, Tom Seaver and Bill Denehy shared the record — each pitcher struck out eight in 1967. Harvey also walked three, allowed three hits, and did not allow a run.
When Harvey left the game, there were runners on first and second with one out in the sixth, but Josh Edgin entered the game and threw 1.2 perfect innings. Jon Rauch recorded two outs in the eighth but allowed a walk, a double, and a sacrifice fly. Tim Byrdak took his place with a runner on second and two outs, and he hit Miguel Montero with a pitch before striking out Lyle Overbay to get out of the inning.
We knew it was over when...
Bobby Parnell, who issued two walks in the ninth, recorded the game-ending strikeout, his third of the inning.
- Scott Hairston went 3-for-4 on the night, which should come as no surprise since the Diamondbacks started a left-handed pitcher.
- Ruben Tejada and Andres Torres had two hits apiece.
Nice job by Evan_S; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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