March 7, 2012; Clearwater FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis (53) pitches in the sixth inning of the game against the Houston Astros at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. We have talked before about how great Dontrelle Willis was his rookie year. Between winning Rookie of the Year and a World Series ring, it’s pretty hard to deny that. For moment 77 let’s take a look at his 8th game in the majors which was against the New York Mets.
Now we all know that most rookie pitchers have pitch counts, inning counts, and tend to get pulled quicker then vets, but this game broke all those rules. D-Train went into this game with a record of 5-1 and the Mets were coming off an 8-0 beating of the Angels. D-Train made sure that wasn’t going to happen to him. In the first 3 innings D-Train only gave up a walk to Ty Wigginton in the first inning. You can see that this high kicking pitcher was dialed in early.
D-Train gave up a hit to Ty in the fourth and that would be the last time the Mets would reach base. D-Train would go on to strike out 8 batters, throw 109 pitches, and go the distance to throw a complete game. What made it even better is thanks to an Ivan Rodriguez home run the Marlins beat the Mets 1-0!
What a great season D-Train had. Join us here at Marlin Maniac tomorrow and maybe you will see an even better season by D-Train… *Wink* *Wink*
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