Ex-York-Adams athlete gets loss in major league debut


A former York-Adams League athlete made his major league debut over the weekend.

Delone Catholic High School graduate Casey Lawrence, who spent seven years in the minor leagues, was called up by the Toronto Blue Jays early Saturday morning.

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin talks with relief pitcher Casey Lawrence after Tampa Bay Rays Mallex Smith doubled during the 11th inning Saturday. Lawrence, a Delone Catholic High School graduate, suffered the loss in his major league debut.

By late Saturday night, the 29 year old was pitching for the Jays.

Unfortunately for Lawrence, his debut didn't turn out like he hoped.

He entered Saturday's game in the bottom of the 11th inning in a 2-2 game.

Lawrence became the first Blue Jays reliever to wind up as the losing pitcher in his major league debut, issuing a bases-loaded walk to Brad Miller with two outs in the 11th inning that sent the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-2 victory.

Mallex Smith opened the 11th with a double, the fifth straight time he reached base. He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and after a pair of intentional walks, Lawrence (0-1) struck out Evan Longoria. Then Lawrence walked Brad Miller, and headed to the dugout.

"I put myself in a hole giving up the double to Smith. It's a situation where you're trying to get out of a jam," Lawrence said. "Made a couple pitches to Longoria. Just didn't get it done with Miller."

Lawrence was back in action on Sunday for Toronto, allowing two runs over 1 1/3 innings in a 7-2 Toronto loss. Overall, he's 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in two major league innings.

Lawrence had been scheduled to pitch the Triple-A opener for the Buffalo Bisons on Thursday, but that game was postponed twice before he eventually got the call to pitch for Toronto.