Talk about pressure for your Major League debut? Former Missouri Tiger left handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny, just added to the Chicago Cubs roster, appeared in a 6-6 game in the bottom of the 10th at Colorado. While it took him 22 pitches, he didn’t allow a run, despite giving up a hit and two walks. Zastryzny escaped a bases-loaded jam against the heart of the Rockies’ lineup. The Cubs eventually lost 7-6 in 11 innings.
He told Cubs.com, “I just picture myself out there on the mound,” Zastryzny said. “When I got to pro ball, I started imagining it at Wrigley Field as a starter and going through my pregame routine and what I would do. It didn’t work out that way, but that was the most fun I’ve ever had in my entire life.”
Zastryzny, a second round pick of the Cubs in 2013, struck out Charlie Blackmon to start the inning on a 90 mph fastball up out of the zone.
He finished his career at Mizzou with 228 strikeouts, good for a top-ten on the all-time list.