Astros starting pitcher Jarred Cosart took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Rays Friday night in a 2-1 Astros victory. Ben Zobrist broke it up with a clean single with one out, though it was followed by an inning-ending double play.
Cosart was making his major-league debut against a red-hot Rays team that had won eight in a row and 12 of the last 13.
The final line for the rookie: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. Oh, and W.
The Astros right-hander is just 23 years old and before the game began was slated to be returned to Triple-A immediately after his MLB debut. So it was a spot start from the beginning -- though the Astros will re-evaluate their rotation during the All-Star break -- and Cosart has impressed in a big way.
In the modern era, no pitcher has ever thrown a no-hitter in his big-league debut. Back in 1892, Bumpus Jones threw a no-no in his debut, but that was when the pitcher's mound was only 50 feet away from home plate.
The closest no-no to the start of one's career in the modern era came in 1991 when Wilson Alvarez threw a one in his second career start. So even though Cosart didn't pull of the feat, this was a very notable debut.
Cosart was a 38th-round draft pick out of high school in 2008 by the Phillies, but he increased his stock rather rapidly in the following years, pitching in the 2011 Futures Game and being ranked as a top-50 prospect in all of baseball prior to 2012.
Cosart went to the Astros system along with Jonathan Singleton in the 2011 Hunter Pence trade.