MLB Hoosiers (July 25): Caleb Baragar Credited With Win in Major-League Debut

Former Indiana star Caleb Baragar made his big-league debut on Saturday, pitching two scoreless innings and earning the win in the San Francisco Giants 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Caleb Baragar's childhood dreams came true on Saturday. He made his major-league debut with the San Francisco Giants, and walked away with the victory after his two scoreless innings helped the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4.

The 26-year-old Baragar, one of four former Indiana players in the big leagues at the start of the season, was perfect over two innings, needing only 19 pitches to shut down the heart of the Dodgers order -- Max Muncy, Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Corey Seager.

Baragar pitched the fifth and sixth innings in his debut, relieving starter and fellow rookie Logan Webb. He impressed his manager, Gabe Kapler.

“With Caleb in particular to go through that part of the lineup in a high-pressure situation and go back out and repeat the performance, he had some real good zip to his fastball. He filled up the zone and the moment was not too big for him,” Kapler said.

The win, the first of year for the young Giants after two lopsided losses to the Dodgers,  set off a big celebration in the locker room.

Baragar was picked by the Giants in the ninth round of the 2016 MLB Draft, and has been slowly working his way through their farm system after leaving Indiana. He was a late addition to the Giants' 60-man summer training roster, and was so impressive all month that he made the team's final 30-man roster.

Alex Dickerson, the other Hoosier on the Giants' roster, did not play Saturday after starting the first two games of the series. He's 2-for-8 on the season thus far.

Schwarber homers for Cubs

Earlier in the day, Kyle Schwarber hit his first home run of the season on Saturday, a two-run shot in the fifth inning of the Chicago Cubs' 8-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday at Wrigley Field.

Schwarber finished the day 1-for-3, and he also had a walk. Through two games, the former Hoosier is 2-for-6 and the Cubs are 1-1 on the early season. Schwarber is one of for former Indiana players on major-league rosters this season.

Kyle Schwarber  (right) celebrates with Chicago Cubs teammate Javier Baez after Schwarber's two-run home run in the fifth inning. (USA TODAY Sports)

Kyle Schwarber  (right) celebrates with Chicago Cubs teammate Javier Baez after Schwarber's two-run home run in the fifth inning. (USA TODAY Sports)

Here's the highlight of Schwarber's shot. It was his 110th career homer in the majors since being called up in 2015. He was the fourth-overall pick of the Cubs out of Indiana in 2013.

Former Hoosier Josh Phegley did not play for the Cubs on Saturday. 

Saturday's results

  • Milwaukee 8, Chicago Cubs 3
  • Baltimore 7, Boston 2
  • Atlanta 5, New York Mets 3
  • Detroit 6, Cincinnati 4
  • Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 1
  • Philadephia 7, Miami 1
  • Kansas City 3, Cleveland 2
  • Colorado 3, Texas 2
  • Washington 9, New York Yankees 2
  • Chicago White Sox 10, Minnesota 3
  • St. Louis 9, Pittsburgh 1
  • Houston 7, Seattle 2
  • San Francisco 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 4
  • Los Angeles Angels 4, Oakland 1
  • Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres

Sunday's games

  • New York Yankees at Washington Nationals, 1:05 p.m. ET
  • Miami Marlins at Philadephia Phillies, 1:05 p.m.
  • Detroit Tigers at Cincinnati Reds, 1:10 p.m.
  • Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays, 1:10 p.m. 
  • Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians, 1:10 p.m.
  • Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox, 1:35 p.m.
  • Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros, 2:10 p.m. 
  • Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.
  • Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals, 2:15 p.m.
  • Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
  • Colorado Rockies at Texas Rangers, 2:35 p.m. 
  • Los Angeles Angels at Oakland A's, 4:10 p.m.
  • Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres, 4:10 p.m.
  • Atlanta Braves at New York Mets, 7 p.m.
  • San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, 10 p.m.

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