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D-backs Brandon Pfaadt pursued by Rangers in MLB debut

Arizona Diamondbacks rookie shortstop Brandon Pfaadt got through the first four innings against the Texans Rangers before a fifth-inning slide fell during his MLB debut on Wednesday.

Pfaadt bounced back from two solo homers in the second and fourth frames at Arlington, but a third error in that fifth inning turned into four more to chase the rookie, who was promoted to the D-backs rotation this week .

The righty was retired after allowing nine hits, four homers and seven earned runs as Arizona fell to 7-6 in 4.2 innings.

“He has earned every inch of this opportunity. He’s been through the minor leagues and hit a lot of hits,” said senior vice president and assistant general manager Amiel Sawdaye. Wolf and Luke of Arizona Sports before the game. “That’s what he does. He attacks with his fastball.

“He took three-plus pitches, but he’s not afraid to try to bully you with his fastball — and he’s got a really good one.”

It worked – for a while.

Pfaadt made it through a 12-pitch first inning before facing his first setback.

Striking low in the zone against Jonah Heim in the second inning, Pffadt changed 90 mph for a solo home run to right field that gave Texas a 1-0 lead.

An 85 mph slider in the bottom of the fourth gave Josh Jung another solo shot for the Rangers, but Arizona helped Pfaadt’s first two errors off his shoulders.

D-defensive first baseman Christian Walker slugged a three-run homer in the third to put Arizona ahead 3-1, and Ketel Marte’s two-run bomb in the fifth extended the lead to 5-2. Walker followed shortly after in the same frame with a two-out homer.

Rangers starter Andrew Heaney was withdrawn after Walker’s second big strike as his side lost 6-2.

But Pfaadt was quick to follow his counterpart off the pitch.

In the bottom of the fifth, Texas’ Leody Taveras lined a changeup up the middle for a home run, Travis Jankowski lined a runner for an RBI double and Jung caught another Pfaadt fastball to put Texas ahead. 7-6 again.

All the errors were well in the strike zone.

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