Unbeaten in four career big league starts, Dustin McGowan will shoot for his second win in as many starts against the Detroit Tigers when the Toronto Blue Jays try to avoid a three-game sweep at Comerica Park.
McGowan, Toronto’s top pitching prospect, was recalled from Double-A New Hampshire on July 30 to fill the rotation spot of injured left-hander Ted Lilly (biceps). Through his first four outings, the 23-year-old right-hander has yielded 13 runs over 19 2-3 innings.
He posted his first, and only, win in a 6-4 victory over Detroit at the Rogers Centre on Aug. 9, yielding four runs and eight hits over a career-high 6 1-3 innings, striking out four and walking one.
McGowan, who underwent reconstructive elbow surgery in May 2004, was 0-2 with a 3.34 ERA in six starts with New Hampshire. He has not received a decision in three of his big league starts, including Toronto’s 7-6 victory at Baltimore last Sunday in which he yielded four runs and six hits over a season-low 3 1-3 innings.
McGowan was originally slated to pitch Saturday, but was moved back a day. Toronto rookie Gustavo Chacin took the mound instead, and pitched seven innings of five-hit ball. But the Tigers pulled out a 3-2 win on Magglio Ordonez’s RBI double in the bottom of the 13th inning.