On Saturday, the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox played a doubleheader in Chicago. Detroit promoted right-handed pitcher Buck Farmer to the majors as its 26th man, and the plan was to start him for the nightcap.
Everything went as expected. The White Sox beat the Tigers, 3-0, in Game 1. Farmer took the hill to start Game 2, and the first pitch of the afternoon was delivered at 4:49 pm local time.
What was not expected, though, was Farmer’s brilliant performance. He threw 6 1⁄3 innings, allowed just three hits and struck out 11 while walking two. In his spot start, Farmer struck out more batters than any Tigers pitcher had done in any single outing all season. It was a Major League career-high in strikeouts for Farmer, albeit not a professional high (he fanned 12 playing Class-A ball in 2014). After the game, the Tigers optioned Farmer back to Triple-A Toledo.
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