SEATTLE, WASH. – Mount Olive College and North Lenoir High School baseball alum Carter Capps recorded his first Major League win, tossing two shutout innings in relief in the Seattle Mariners' 2-0 win over the Detroit Tigers Thursday at Safeco Field in Seattle. Capps allowed two hits and struck out three to pick up the win and hand 2011 Cy Young winner Justin Verlander the loss.
Capps (1-1) entered the game to start the seventh and after allowing a one-out double to Prince Fielder, he intentionally walked Victor Martinez. Capps then struck out Jhonny Peralta on a 96 mph fastball, then got Alex Avila to foul out to left. Miguel Cabrera lined out to center to open the inning.
In the top of the eighth, Omar Infante flew out to right before Don Kelly singled to left. Capps then struck out the final two batters of the inning, getting Austin Jackson on a 96 mph fastball and winning a nine-pitch marathon to get Andy Dirks swinging at a 95 mph fastball.
Capps topped out at 97 miles per hour, hitting the mark five times, including twice to Dirks. Tom Wilhelmsen retired the side in order in the ninth for the save and to give the Capps the historic win.
Capps, the 2011 ABCA Division II Baseball Player of the Year and consensus Pitcher of the Year, was selected by the Mariners in the third round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his Major League debut last July, finishing out the 2012 season and opening the 2013 season with the Mariners.