Yes, it still counts even though it was against Seattle, who have now lost 16 straight games.
Garrison was brought into the ninth inning of a 10-3 game and asked to get the last two outs, which he did. He retired Justin Smoak and Franklin Gutierrez in order without allowing a baserunner.
According to Chad Jennings, the decision by Joe Girardi to bring Garrison into the game was a bit of a late one, and he barely had time to warm up in the bullpen. But despite starting all season in Trenton, Garrison looked good in relief, which is a role he was used in during big league spring training.
“It was definitely a cool feeling,” Garrison told Jennings. “It’s something I’ll gladly do again if they want me to… After I got out there and threw my first pitch I felt much more comfortable. It’s where I want to be. I want to be on the mound. It’s where I feel most comfortable.”
Garrison may have to wait until September for another opportunity, however. His roster spot would seem to be in obvious jeopardy with the impending additions of Rafael Soriano and either Ivan Nova or Adam Warren for a start in one of the games in Saturday’s doubleheader.
However, if returned to Trenton, Garrison will likely have some much needed added confidence that could help turn around a rough, injury-riddled season in which the 24-year-old southpaw struggled to a 3-6 record and 6.26 ERA in 11 outings.
The affable Trenton native joins Sean Henn, Chase Wright and Francisco Cervelli as those who have made their big league debuts in the Bronx after being called up straight from Double-A Trenton.
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