Sparkling debut: Jarred Cosart flirts with no-hitter, throws eight scoreless in first career start

There are memorable debuts, and then there are memorable debuts that nearly rewrite the history books. For Houston Astros pitching prospect Jarred Cosart, it was the latter on Friday night.

The assignment was not an easy one for the 23-year-old right-hander. Not only did he have to go on the road to face the red-hot Tampa Bay Rays' offense, but he was also matched up against defending American League Cy Young winner David Price. That meant the margin for error was slim, but Cosart wasn't fazed at all despite changing up an important part of his pregame routine.

From the Associated Press:

''I try to stay off the Internet the day before, but I couldn't sleep last night,'' he said. ''So I was messing around, I looked at the Rays' website, I see: 'Streaking Rays, Price pitching,' all that good stuff.

''It's a natural instinct. You're like, 'OK, they're good.''

Indeed the Rays are good, but on this night Cosart was simply better as he dazzled and dominated his way to 6 1/3 no-hit innings to begin his first major league start.

All-Star Ben Zobrist, who was also Cosart's first strikeout victim, broke up the no-hit bid up with a clean single to right field past a diving Jose Altuve. In doing so, Zobrist probably didn't realize just how historical the potential feat would have been had he not squashed it.

He didn't join that elite company, but he did accomplish something that hasn't been done in nearly 40 years.

Ironically, Cleveland Indians rookie Danny Salazar began his major league debut with five no-hit innings on Thursday. Salazer would end up throwing six shutout innings with only two hits allowed. For Cosart, it was eight scoreless with two hits allowed and three walks, and that too was significant.

The most recent pitcher was Chris Waters for the Baltimore Orioles in 2008.

Cosart's effort was also good enough to make some Astros franchise history.

Like I said, a truly remarkable debut that nearly put Cosart's name in elite company.

The only thing that didn't go well. Well...

He'll feel that once the adrenaline wears off. Good thing that may not happen for the next month.

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