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Pittsburgh Pirates rookie Max Kranick recalled to make start

Jun 27, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Max Kranick (45) pitches during the first inning in his Major League debut against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled pitcher Max Kranick and placed him on the active roster for Saturday’s doubleheader against the New York Mets.

Kranick, who turns 24 this month, was pulled up from Triple-A Indianapolis to start Game 2.

The right-hander has one appearance for the Pirates, which came June 27 against the St. Louis Cardinals. In that contest, he earned the win in his first major league game, throwing five shutout innings with no hits, runs or walks given up, while striking out three.

That performance made Kranick the first pitcher since 1893 to leave a game with a perfect game intact (through at least five innings) in his MLB debut, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Still, he was optioned back to Indianapolis after the stellar start.

Kranick was drafted by the Pirates in the 11th round of the 2016 draft out of Valley View High School in Archbald, Pa.

–Field Level Media