April 23, 2019

Travis Lakins Makes MLB Debut Tuesday Night

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Travis Lakins made his MLB Debut Tuesday night at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox. A native of Franklin, Ohio, Lakins made his debut in the second game of Boston’s day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park. He allowed one run in 2.2 innings of relief and struck out two. Lakins stranded runners on the corners in the seventh. He struck out Jeimer Candelario swinging on a 94 mph four-seam fastball for the second out. He then retired Nicholas Castellanos on a groundout to first base to end the seventh.

Lakins said in a masslive.com article he found out he was being promoted right after Triple-A Pawtucket finished its batting practice before their game against Lehigh Valley on Tuesday.

“I called my wife (Alexis) and I was like, ‘Hey, I’m going to the big leagues,’” Lakins said. “And she was like, ‘No way.’”

Lakins was drafted in the sixth round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft by the Red Sox. Lakins went 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 15 starts with 84 strikeouts in 96.0 innings pitched in 2015. Lakins was fourth in the conference in strikeouts in Big Ten games (46) and tied for sixth with four conference victories.

The Red Sox moved the righty to a reliever last May and posted a 1.21 ERA in 30 relief outing between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. Red Sox manager Alex Cora was impressed with his debut last night.

“He did an outstanding job,” Cora said. “We pushed him hard. It’s something we needed. You saw the fastball up, the cutter, the breaking ball. Slowed the game down, which is good.”

Lakins told masslive.com it was a dream come true to pitch in the big leagues.

“I’ve been playing ball since I was 4 years old and never experienced anything like this,” he said. “Never thought of being in this position. It’s just hard to describe.”