Former Georgia Tech pitcher Buck Farmer made his second career start for the Detroit Tigers Saturday afternoon. If you were to sum up his outing in one word, the word would be “rough”.
Farmer, who had a no decision in his Major League debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates, was knocked around in his second start against the Minnesota Twins.
When the smoke cleared, Farmer allowed seven earned runs on five hits, walked two batters, hit another batter and recorded three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings pitched.
The end result was a 12-4 Twins win over the Tigers. Needless to say this outing was indeed rough for the young hurler from Conyers, GA.
Farmer was brought up from Double-A Erie to fill the vacated spot in the Tigers rotation left by Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez has been out the last couple of weeks with a strained pectoral muscle.
The Tigers organization also felt that it would be good for Farmer to get some work in on the big stage just in case they were going to need him for the stretch run toward October.
Detroit finds themselves in a tough race for the American League Central as they trail the Kansas City Royals by 3.0 games for first place in the division.
Buck Farmer will now be sent to Triple-A ball to play for Toledo. In the two games that he had taken the mound for the Tigers, Farmer yielded 11 runs in 6.1 innings pitched. His record is 0-1 with a 15.63 ERA recording seven strikeouts and three walks.
The first call up can be brutal on pitchers since Major League batters are light years ahead of anything he would have seen on the Triple-A and Double-A level.
You can bet, though, that Farmer will work on his skills and be back, but now is not his time.