Saturday, April 19, 2014
Pujols Helps Roth Win MLB Debut
(WOLO) -- Michael Roth's magic has moved with him to the majors.
Roth made his Major League Debut for the Los Angeles Angels Saturday night. Houston had a 4-1 lead in the 8th inning when Roth got the call from the bullpen, on the same day he got the call up from his AA team in Arkansas after just one minor league start this season.
The former Gamecock standout struck out four in two perfect innings. Albert Pujols' walk-off 2 RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth made Roth the winning pitcher in the Angels 5-4 victory.
The 23-year-old Roth became a College World Series legend by leading the Gamecocks to back-to-back national championships and a runner-up finish his senior season. Roth holds the record for most innings pitched in the CWS.
The quirky left-hander, who admits he's not much of a baseball fan, tweeted Sunday, "Thanks for all the support guys! Lets keep having some fun!."
Before his first MLB game, Roth tweeted that the Angels' leather belts might be the coolest part about being a Major Leaguer and was especially excited that he didn't have to make his own peanut butter & jelly sandwiches in the clubhouse.
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