Former Gator right-handed pitcher Ryan Sadowski (Davie, Fla.) made his Major League debut on Sunday for the San Francisco Giants and earned the 7-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers after throwing six scoreless innings.
He became the first Giants’ starting pitcher in more than a decade to win his debut, as Joe Nathan accomplished the feat on April 21, 1999. The righty limited the Brewers to four hits, issued three walks and had a pair of strikeouts during his 85-pitch outing. In addition, he lined a single into center field in the fourth inning for his first career hit.
Sadowski was a 13th-round pick (397th selection) by the Giants in the 2002 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft and had recently been pitching for the Class AAA Fresno Grizzlies. While in the minors this season, he had made 13 starts, registered a 4.11 earned run average and posted a 5-2 mark, with 59 strikeouts and 32 walks.
At Florida, Sadowski made a total of eight appearances during the 2002 and 2003 seasons and had a career record of 1-0 with an 8.10 ERA in 6.2 innings. He appeared in seven games in relief in ’02, when the Gators were 46-19 overall and advanced to the final of the NCAA Gainesville Regional. Sadowski made one appearance the following year and faced two batters against Jacksonville State on April 23.
He tossed a career-high 1.2 innings with three strikeouts in a victory over College of Charleston on March 13, 2002, and picked up the win in a 17-1 romp over Army on March 26. The righty also pitched a scoreless and hitless inning by striking out the side in a 12-2 triumph over Siena on Feb. 24. In his initial collegiate outing, he pitched one inning and gave up two hits and no runs on Feb. 3 against Charleston Southern. Sadowski struck out at least one batter in five of his seven appearances and finished the year with nine K and five walks.
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