Former Honker Make MLB Debut
(Rochester,MN)–Former Rochester Honkers left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn lasted four innings in his MLB debut for the Miami Marlins in a 9-7 loss on Wednesday September 4 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL.
After retiring the side on just nine pitches in the bottom of the first inning, Flynn allowed his first run in the big leagues as Darnell McDonald delivered a RBI double to the left-center field gap. Starlin Castro and Dioner Navarro each added a solo homerun in the bottom of the third inning for the Cubs.
Flynn started the fifth inning, but did not retire either of the two batters he had faced in the inning. He allowed three runs on six hits in four innings of work. He walked three and recorded three strikeouts on the afternoon.
He also achieved a milestone at the plate, as he started the top of the fifth inning with a single to center field off of Chicago pitcher Jeff Samardzija.
Flynn spent the 2009 summer with the Honkers, where he went 6-2 with a 4.22 ERA in ten regular season starts. With Miami's AAA affiliate in New Orleans, he went 6-11 while posting a Pacific Coast League-best 2.80 ERA to earn his September promotion with the Marlins.
Flynn joins Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier and Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Reynolds as former Honkers who are currently on a MLB roster.