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BOZICH | Former Louisville ace Chad Green hits and misses in Yankees' debut

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Former U of L ace Chad Green exited after making his major league debut with the Yankees Monday night. (AP photo.) Former U of L ace Chad Green exited after making his major league debut with the Yankees Monday night. (AP photo.)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Say this about the major-league debut of former University of Louisville pitcher Chad Green with the New York Yankees Monday night:

Green needed seven pitches to experience the joys and the realities of pitching against major-league hitters.

Green started against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix and struck out Arizona leadoff hitter Jean Segura on four pitches, including a 93-mph fastball on his first big-league pitch.

Catcher Austin Romine rolled the ball into the Yankees' dugout for a souvenir. According to BaseballAlmanac and BaseballReference, Green is the first former University of Louisville player to pitch for the Yankees.

After retiring Michael Bourn on a fly ball on two pitches, Green faced the Diamondbacks’ all-star slugger, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

Romine called for a fastball on the outside corner.

Green threw a 94 mph fastball on the inside part of the plate. That might work in Class AA ball. It did not work against a guy who hit 33 home runs last season.

Goldschmidt could not have hit the ball deeper over the left-field wall if he had placed it on a tee. Home run.

Welcome to The Show.

Green worked four innings, striking out five, including three Diamondbacks in the third. He retired the side in order in the fourth.

The fifth? Don’t ask.

After Bourn reached when first baseman Mark Teixeira dropped a throw by Green, the pitcher walked Goldschmidt. Jake Lamb followed with a three-run homer to right center. Yasmany Tomas doubled. Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulled Green after he allowed his eighth hit.

The Diamondbacks rolled to a 12-2 victory.

Not a bad debut, especially considering the stage, with Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson sitting in the front row watching not far from the Arizona dugout.  

But Green got the full New York tabloid treatment. A headline at the top of the New York Post said: “Smashed Debut: Green Pounded by D’backs.” The Daily News responded with “SNAKEBIT! Rookie Chad Green rocked as Yanks fall to Diamondbacks, 12-2.”

Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York wrote that it was unlikely Green would get another start with the Yankees soon, considering the Yankees have five veteran starters available.

“It was an awesome experience but I felt like I got some balls up in the zone and they did some damage with it,” Green told Bryan Hoch of the MLB.com in this story.

“Overall I made a couple of mistakes that I’m not happy with, but it was OK … I was just trying to calm myself down a little bit, try not to get too amped up, try not to overthrow pitches.”

“He left a couple of balls up,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Hoch. “After the first two innings, he settled down for the next two innings and then he just got into a long count and Lamb hit a home run. He did OK. We know that there’s more there. He’s continuing to develop his secondary stuff.”

The Yankees gave him uniform number 38, the same number Hall of Famer Yogi Berra wore when he arrived in the major leagues in 1946.

It’s the Yankees so there’s a famous face and story behind every number, right? Johnny Blanchard, a solid catcher and pinch hitter, wore 38. So did George Brett’s brother Ken, as well as Jose Rijo, Ed Whitson and former Michigan quarterback Drew Henson.

Green will turn 25 next week. The Tigers drafted him in the 11th round during Louisville’s 2013 College World Series season. The Tigers traded him to the Yankees last winter.

He started this season with Scranton in the Class AAA International League. Although his record was only 1-2, Green pitched well. He did not allow more than two earned runs in any of his seven starts.

With the game played in a National League park, Green also batted twice. He struck out to lead off the third and again to close the fourth, this time with the bases loaded.

Prior to the game, Green had joked with Suzy Waldman of the Yankees’ radio network that he had not hit since high school and he was not “very good then.”

“It’s not easy, your first time in the big leagues, whether you’re a position player or a pitcher making your first start,” Girardi told Billy Witz of the New York Times. “You always look to see how guys handle it, and I thought he handled it pretty well.”

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