The Nationals promoted pitcher Joe Ross from Double-A Harrisburg to make his major league debut at home on Saturday against the Cubs. Ross is the younger brother of Padres pitcher Tyson. The Padres were thoughtful enough to allow Ross to fly to Washington, D.C. so he could be in attendance for his brother’s debut, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.
Tyson got the win after holding the Reds to two runs over five innings on Friday night, so even if the Padres got into a lengthy extra-inning game on Saturday, they wouldn’t have used him anyway.
Joe lost to the Cubs on Saturday afternoon, allowing three runs on six hits while walking none and striking out four in five innings of work. He retired the first nine batters he faced before Dexter Fowler led off the fourth inning with a single.