Having made the climb in the minor leagues in the heartland, Jack Flaherty found himself in the Bay Area set to make his Major League Baseball debut Friday night with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The right-hander left with mixed results over four uneven innings, but didn't factor into the decision in St. Louis' 11-6 win against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.
Flaherty went four innings, giving up five runs (all earned) on eight hits. He struck out six and walked one on 71 pitches (44 strikes).
Flaherty retired the side in order in the first inning. He first faced
He struggled in the second, giving up three runs on five hits.
After St. Louis scored two runs in the third to close to within 3-2, Flaherty gave up a two-run triple to
St. Louis (68-66) scored twice in the seventh and once in the eighth to tie it at 5 and get Flaherty off the hook for the loss before scoring six runs in the ninth to clinch the win. Kolton Wong gave the Cardinals the lead for good with a run-scoring single to make it 6-5..
Flaherty grounded out to shortstop in his only at-bat in the third.
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Flaherty, a Harvard-Westlake High graduate drafted in 2014 in the first round (34th overall by St. Louis), was 7-2 with a 2.74 earned-run average at Memphis. He struck out 85 and walked 24 In 85 1/31 innings.
It's been a benchmark season for Flaherty. He represented the United States in the Futures All-Star Game in Miami in July against the World.
Flaherty began the season with the double-A