CLEVELAND -- The Diamondbacks got a huge boost from left-hander Andrew Chafin in his major league debut Wednesday. Chafin started the second game of a doubleheader with Cleveland and pitched extremely well.
Chafin pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out three. Chafin is just the third Arizona starting pitcher to throw at least five scoreless innings in his major league debut, joining Jarrod Parker in 2011 and Micah Owings in 2007.
Chafin was very happy with his outing, especially because it came in his home state. He's a native of Kettering, Ohio, about 220 miles southwest of Cleveland.
In his major league debut, he faced the team that plays its home games about 40 miles north of Kent State University, where Chafin played collegiately.
"It went about as good as anybody could imagine it going. It was a great outing for me so close to home," said Chafin, who didn't get to stick around long following his debut.
After the game, the Diamondbacks optioned Chafin to Triple-A Reno. The move was necessary because Arizona needed another bullpen arm for its four-game series in Miami that starts Thursday. Right-hander Bradin Hagens was recalled from Reno.
"I completely understand it's for the benefit of the team," Chafin said of the move. "Hopefully, I'll have the opportunity to come back, but this was a great night that I'll never forget."