ADA — Two former Ada Braves American Legion pitching stars made debuts earlier this week.
On Sunday, Roff High School graduate Blake Logan made his first Triple-A Minor League start for the New Orleans Zephyrs against the Oklahoma City Dodgers at the Bricktown Ballpark.
Jon Gray made his Major League Baseball debut Tuesday night when he took the mound for the Colorado Rockies against the Seattle Mariners at Coors Field in Denver.
Logan pitched for the Ada Braves in 2010 and 2011 while Gray was a hurler for the Post 72 team from 2008 to 2010.
Both players were solid in defeat.
Logan scattered five hits in five innings, allowing two earned runs with three strikeouts and a pair of walks. The Dodgers won the game 4-2.
He was 3-2 with a 3.29 ERA and had 49 strikeouts in 41 innings for the Double-A Jacksonville Suns before being called up to the Zephyrs Sunday.
Gray, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft, had a long first inning to start his big league career. Seattle touched him for two runs during a 33-pitch first frame.
He allowed an unearned run in the fourth on two singles and an error that gave the Mariners a 3-1 lead.
Colorado rallied via home runs by Charlie Blackmon and Nick Hundley to knot the game at 3-3 in the fourth and get Gray off the hook.
“It's amazing, it's awesome,” Gray said of his team's rally. “You want to see your team fight like that. They pick you up as much, just as much as you can pick them up.”
Gray, who graduated from Chandler High School, allowed three runs — two earned — and five hits, striking out four in four innings.
Manager Walt Weiss said the team wants to be cautious using Gray, which is why he was taken out after 77 pitches.
“We got the big picture in mind when you talk about bumping innings from one year to the next,” Weiss said. “We don't want to overwhelm him with that. The first inning certainly was a factor.”
Gray went 6-6 with a 4.33 ERA this year with the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes. He struck out 110 and walked 41 in 114.1 innings of work.