This post first appeared on BaseballDigest.com
Normally when we celebrate a baseball player’s birthday, it’s to remember the good times and the bad times and in general what they’ve already accomplished.
Today, however, we are celebrating the 23rd birthday of Michael Bowden. With 2 scoreless innings last night against the Baltimore Orioles, Michael Bowden now has a grand total of 11 innings pitched in 4 games at the major league level. To celebrate a potentially long career, here is a quick recap of Bowden’s accomplishments to date.
On August 30, 2008 Bowden made his major league debut in his start against the Chicago White Sox, earning the victory by allowing only 2 runs in 5 innings of work. Chicago’s Nick Swisher was Bowden’s first career strikeout, and his third strikeoout victim later in the game. Old Friend Orlando Cabrera was the K sandwiched between.
On April 26, 2009 Bowden made an appearance versus the New York Yankees following a 16-11 game that wore through the Red Sox bullpen early in the season. Bowden provided two solid innings of relief, including striking out Derek Jeter to end his 7th inning and Robinson Cano to end the 8th inning.
Four months later, there was a rematch between Michael Bowden and the New York Yankees. However, on August 21, 2009 the Yankees bested the young right-hander by hammering him for 7 runs off 8 hits in 2 innings of work. The Red Sox went on to lose 20-11.
Last night, Bowden returned to the mound and shut the Orioles down for innings, including striking out Guillermo Rodriguez to end the ballgame. As his successes include striking out Nick Swisher, Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano, we can only hope that he is a solid option out of the bullpen during this September stretch run and potentially into October as well!
For his early successes already, and the hopeful future of success, happy 23rd Birthday to Michael Bowden!