Wooten takes the hill in first game with Brewers
One day after being called up from triple-A Nashville to the Milwaukee Brewers, Rob Wooten made his Major League debut on the mound for the Brewers against the hosting Colorado Rockies Friday night.
Wooten came on from the bullpen in the fourth inning after the Rockies took a big lead against Milwaukee starting pitcher Wily Peralta. Colorado went on to an 8-3 win.
The Rockies led 7-0 when Peralta, who wound up charged with eight runs, five earned, in 3.2 innings, was replaced. Wooten, a Sanford resident and former UNC-Chapel Hill pitcher, pitched 2.1 innings, giving up no runs, two hits and no walks while getting a strikeout.
The 25-year-old righty totaled 28 pitches, throwing 22 strikes. He struck out versus Tyler Chatwood, who pitched seven innings and won for the Rockies, in his first MLB at-bat.
Todd Helton and Nolan Arenado had two hits and an RBI apiece for Colorado.
Carlos Gomez hit his 17th home run of the season for the Brewers (42-60), who have lost four of their last five games. The series in Denver continues Saturday at 8:10 p.m. and Sunday at 4:10 p.m.
Wooten, who went to C.B. Aycock High School in Goldsboro, then was drafted by Milwaukee in 2008 following his Tar Heel career, was called up from the minors on Thursday. He had 20 saves and a 2.94 ERA on the season for Nashville.
"The nice thing is, (Wooten) can go a couple of innings," said Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke in an mlb.com article prior to Friday night's game.
"He's not just a one-inning guy, because he was a closer [at Nashville]. I feel real comfortable knowing I can bring him in, and he's going to throw strikes," Roenicke said.