NEW YORK Not only did Chandler Shepherd make the first Major League appearance by a northeastern Kentuckian in a decade on Tuesday night, but he shut down one of the most fearsome lineups in baseball.
The Lawrence County product assembled four innings of one-run relief in the Baltimore Orioles’ 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees.
Shepherd scattered five hits and struck out two Yankees.
He had been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk earlier Tuesday. He made the first appearance by an area native since Brandon Webb’s final outing with the Diamondbacks in 2009.
Shepherd was on the Baltimore roster for one game at San Diego on July 30. He did not pitch then, so in pregame remarks he was hopeful for the opportunity to take the mound Tuesday.
“My last time up here was a great experience for me and I’ve been ready to get in a game and help this team out,” he said pregame, as reported by MASN, “so it would be very special.”