Kevin McGowan, 25, made his MLB debut out of the bullpen with the New York Mets on Tuesday. McGowan was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas after Steven Matz landed on the disabled list due to irritation in the ulnar nerve of his pitching elbow.
The 2013 13th-round pick was 5-4 with a 4.06 ERA, 1.355 WHIP, and 55 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched and 44 games (one start) in Triple-A.
The Mets originally selected McGowan’s contract from Triple-A on August 13 after Neil Walker was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. However, he did not appear in any games as he was sent back down on August 17 when Gavin Cecchini was called up for infield depth.
“I still don’t know how to describe the feeling,” McGowan told reporters after the game. “It’s something obviously I’ve worked for my whole life and it’s just definitely a special feeling.”
McGowan got his opportunity against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. He replaced Tommy Milone with two outs in the fifth inning. His first batter faced was Paul Goldschmidt who drove in a run on a double – the run was charged to Milone. McGowan then got J.D. Martinez to pop out to Cecchini at second base.
McGowan rebounded in the sixth with a 1-2-3 inning. That included his first Major League strikeout.
Terry Collins kept McGowan in the game to start the seventh inning. He didn’t record an out in the inning as he loaded the bases on two walks and a single. Hansel Robles relieved McGowan and gave up one run which was charged to McGowan.
“Bummer that I walked a few guys, but it’s good to get my feet wet out there,” McGowan said.
Overall on the night, McGowan went 1.1 innings and gave up two hits, two walks, and one run, while striking out one batter. He will continue to serve in the bullpen, but don’t be surprised to see him start a game or two before the end of the season.