Rusney Castillo Goes 1-For-4 In MLB Debut

September 18, 2014 1:48 PM
Rusney Castillo Goes 1-For-4 In MLB Debut
" BOSTON (CBS) — While it wasn’t the electric debut many had hoped for, Rusney Castillo played in his first major league game on Wednesday night.

Castillo, the Cuban defector who signed a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with the Red Sox back in August, went 1-for-4 in Boston’s 9-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The 27-year-old, batting seventh and manning center field for Boston, lightly grounded out in his first major league at-bat in the second inning. But it wouldn’t take him long to pick up his first major league hit.

In the fourth inning, Castillo hit a sharp grounder to Pirates second baseman Neil Walker. The ball hit off the heel of his glove, and Castillo found his way to first base with an infield single — the first hit of his career. The ball ended up in the Boston dugout, and it was given to the outfielder following the game.

He flied out to center in the seventh inning, and grounded out to short in his final at-bat in the ninth.

Castillo said he approached Wednesday’s game it like any other and didn’t feel any added nerves or pressure ahead of his MLB debut "

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