Matt Blandino has made many starts in his pitching career, but none bigger than the one he made on Saturday.
Blandino, a member of the Arizona League Reds, took the mound for hist first professional start against the Dodgers. Blandino pitched three innings and struck out three. He gave up one run on three hits and faced 11 batters.
Blandino gave up his first hit in the first inning, a single, but used his first strikeout to get out of the frame.
In the second inning, Blandino put the Dodgers down 1-2-3, including his second strikeout and a comebacker to the mound.
Blandino got a groundout to start the third inning, then gave up a single and double back-to-back. A second groundout brought home a run for the Dodgers, but Blandino escaped further trouble with his third and final strikeout.
NOTE: Blandino's first two career strikeouts were on called third strikes.