LAKELAND, Fla. -- Durbin Feltman, the Red Sox' third-round selection in last June's draft out of TCU, made his Red Sox debut a memorable one Thursday.
Entering the game for his first major league appearance since joining the organization last summer, Feltman pitched the bottom of the ninth and recorded two strikeouts before issuing a two-out talk to GordonBeckham. But Feltman erased Beckham on the bases when he picked him off attempting to steal second for the final out of the game, resulting in a 4-4 tie with the Detroit Tigers.
"He didn't panic,'' said Alex Cora of the pickoff. "He stepped off (the rubber) and got the out.''
His fastball hit 96 mph and he also unveiled a wipeout slider.
"Coming in in the ninth inning, that's always cool,'' said Feltman. "That was quite the experience. My command was a little spotty, but it was fun to see how my stuff plays and get used to the smaller strike zone. It was a great experience. I definitely had some nervous energy going, but I just channeled that and it went well.''