The Orioles were expected to face Yankees ace Gerrit Cole at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, but the right-handed man was scratched Monday night after testing positive for COVID-19.
The Yankees needed an emergency start. Right-handed Luis Gil, the number 6 on the team per MLB pipeline, came into play. He made his major league debut and stood out when the Americans beat the Orioles 13-1.
Gil threw six goalless innings, allowed four hits, and hit six. He relied heavily on his fastball – at speeds of up to 98.5 mph – and the slider for quick outs. Gil was also the first Yankees pitcher to throw at least six scoreless innings on his Major League debut since Sam Militello, who threw seven against the Red Sox on Aug. 9, 1992.
Relievers Stephen Ridings and Brody Körner also made their debut in the big league. It was the second time in Yankees history that three pitchers made their debut in the same game. The first time was on September 26, 1950 when Lew Burdette, Dave Madison and Ernie Nevel debuted against the Senators.