Mike Fiers of the Milwaukee Brewers pitching against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 29, 2012 at Dodger Stadium. Photo courtesy Milwaukee Brewers
The Milwaukee Brewers recalled starting pitcher Michael Fiers (Saratoga 2007-2008) from the Triple-A Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League on Tuesday morning. Less than 24 hours later, Fiers made his first Major League start a memorable one as the Brewers defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-1, at Dodger Stadium in front of over 51,000 fans.
Fiers was a starting pitcher for the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League's Oneonta Outlaws when they were known as the Saratoga Phillies.
Tuesday night, he allowed one run on five hits over seven innings, walked none and struck out three. Fiers allowed just one Los Angeles runner to advance safely past second base in just his third career MLB appearance. The Nova Southeastern University product made his Major League debut last season as a September call-up. He pitched one scoreless inning against the Colorado Rockies on Sept. 14.
The 6-foot-3 starter spent two seasons with the Saratoga Phillies (2007, 2008). He was the league Pitcher of the Year in 2007 after a stellar summer in the Spa City. Fiers went 5-1 with a 1.99 earned run average over eight appearances. The Saratoga starter topped the loop with 68 strikeouts in 54.1 innings pitched. The highlight of the summer for Fiers came on June 22 at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam, N.Y. He pitched a complete game no-hit shutout and struck out 16 Amsterdam batters in a 4-0 Saratoga victory.
The Brewers tapped Fiers in the 22nd round of the 2009 Major League Baseball entry draft. Mike was named Milwaukee's Minor League Player of the Year in 2011, just his second full professional season. Between Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville, Fiers went 13-3 with 132 strikeouts in 125 innings pitched. He allowed just 26 earned runs and went unbeaten (8-0) at the Triple-A level.
Fiers leads Crew to victory in first MLB start
LOS ANGELES -- The injury-battered Brewers turned Tuesday to Michael Fiers, a 26-year-old right-hander up from Triple-A. By mid-afternoon, a thought struck the team's pitching coach.
"I've never seen him start a game," Rick Kranitz said, counting Spring Training and all.
So it goes for a club practicing damage control.
But Kranitz loved what he saw, a 2-1 win over the Dodgers, decided by Fiers' seven-inning gem in his first Major League start, Ryan Braun's boo-busting home run and John Axford's sweat-inducing save.
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Brewers' Fiers comes through in tense pitching duel
Los Angeles - Michael Fiers vs. Nathan Eovaldi might not have conjured up images of a tense pitching duel in the minds of many, but that's exactly what unfolded Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
The Milwaukee Brewers summoned Fiers from Class AAA Nashville to fill in for injured Marco Estrada (strained quadriceps). The Los Angeles Dodgers dug even deeper, calling up Eovaldi from Class AA Chattanooga to replace veteran left-hander Ted Lilly (shoulder inflammation).
It was the first big-league start for Fiers and the seventh for Eovaldi, but each pitched like a savvy veteran. Fiers went seven innings, allowing only five hits and one run with no walks and three strikeouts. He pounded the strike zone, throwing 64 of 89 pitches for strikes.
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