Michael Stutes will never forget his first pitch in the majors.
Chris Young stepped into the box for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who held a 4-0 advantage, in the top of the ninth. Stutes delivered the first pitch of the inning, a 92 mph fastball from the windup and Young turned on the pitch, sending a towering fly ball to deep left field. Luckily for Stutes, Young just missed, giving Raul Ibanez barely enough room to make the catch. No doubt Stutes was worried for a second, only before chuckling and returning to the rubber.
The rest of the inning went very smoothly for the 24-year-old. Next up was Kelly Johnson, who struck out swinging, followed by Justin Upton, who popped up to Ryan Howard behind first base for the third out. The right-hander needed only nine pitches to record a one-two-three ninth.
Stutes, an IronPig until Monday, had his contract selected by the Phillies after Jose Contreras was placed on the 15-day disabled list over the weekend. In his time with Lehigh Valley this season, Stutes was 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA through 10 innings pitched. The Oregon State product recorded 14 strikeouts and one save.