Robert Gasser carves up Cardinals, fuels Brewers to victory in fantastic MLB debut

Robert Gasser's debut outing for the Brewers couldn't have gone any better
St. Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers
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The nerves and butterflies before your MLB debut are tremendous. But they didn't bother Robert Gasser any on Friday night as he carved up the St. Louis Cardinals lineup in his first big league outing.

Gasser's MLB debut was delayed a few weeks due to a bout of bone spurs in his elbow toward the end of spring training. But he made three starts down in Triple-A to get back into a rhythm and with Freddy Peralta still serving a five game suspension, his number was finally called.

And man, did he answer the call.

Six innings, just two hits allowed, no runs, not a single walk, and Gasser gets a couple of strikeouts to boot.

Gasser couldn't draw up a better debut even if he tried. It was an efficient six innings too, with just 79 pitches. To make matters even better, he got plenty of run support from his offense. The Brewers scored two in the 4th, then five in the 5th and he exited with a 7-0 lead.

The Cardinals are a dumpster fire right now and Gasser was pouring gasoline all over that fire. The St. Louis offense is filled with struggling hitters and really no one is hitting the ball well right now in their starting nine. This presented a great opportunity for Gasser in his MLB debut and he took full advantage of it.

The last time a Brewers pitcher went six scoreless in his MLB debut was none other than Brandon Woodruff in 2017. If Gasser ends up on a similar career path as Woodruff, the Brewers will be quite pleased with that. Prior to that, you have to go back to Chris Saenz in 2004, who also carved up the Cardinals as his opponent in his MLB debut.

Manager Pat Murphy was impressed with Gasser's poise, and with William Contreras calling a great game to help Gasser through his first outing.

What also helped Gasser was some incredible defense behind him. Brice Turang made a stellar double play, leaping to grab a liner and quickly getting the ball out and making an accurate throw to first base to double off Ivan Herrera. Sal Frelick also had a diving catch in the outfield.

The Brewers will look to keep the forward momentum on Saturday when ace Freddy Peralta returns from his five game suspension and he'll be opposite Kyle Gibson for the Cardinals.