Girodo shines in first MLB outing

Former Mississippi State standout Chad Girodo made his MLB debut on Friday. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Former Mississippi State standout Chad Girodo made his MLB debut on Friday. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Chad Girodo became the 53rd former Mississippi State player to reach the Major Leagues and made his debut Friday night for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Girodo pitched two scoreless innings of relief against the Oakland Athletics allowing a hit and striking out one.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound southpaw from Hartselle, Alabama was called up from the Buffalo Bisons, the Blue Jay’s Triple-A organization where he had made four appearances going 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA, seven strikeouts and two walks in 6 2/3 innings.

Girodo was drafted in the ninth round by Toronto in 2013 is the third Bulldog from the College World Series squad that year to reach the big leagues joining fellow pitchers Kendall Graveman and Jacob Lindgren.

Girodo joins Graveman, Mitch Moreland and Johnathan Papelbon as the only active Diamond Dogs in the majors this season.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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