Sox’ Johnson, Webb and Semien all make MLB debuts at Yankee Stadium
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter September 4, 2013 9:57PM
Updated: September 4, 2013 10:24PM
NEW YORK — It was major-league-debut night Wednesday for right-handers Erik Johnson and Daniel Webb and infielder Marcus Semien at Yankee Stadium.
All boarded the team’s plane for Baltimore with game balls as keepsakes. The White Sox also dragged a six-game losing streak with them after a 6-5 loss.
Johnson, considered the organization’s top pitching prospect, fared OK at best over six innings, allowing five runs, seven hits and three walks. Two of the runs were unearned because of his soft throwing error to first base in the Yankees’ four-run fourth.
Robinson Cano homered in the first inning.
“There’s nothing better than to do it at Yankee Stadium,’’ Johnson said. “It’s a real tough lineup they’ve got over there. I thought I could’ve done a little better job, but overall I thought it was a good one to start with.’’
Webb pitched the seventh, walked Derek Jeter to open the inning and gave up a sacrifice fly to Alfonso Soriano. Semien, the Southern League MVP, blooped a single to right-center against CC Sabathia in his first at-bat, struck out twice and singled in a run in the Sox’ four-run eighth when the Sox rallied to force an appearance by Mariano Rivera. Semien played third base and had a chat with Jeter, one of his childhood idols.
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Catcher Tyler Flowers is scheduled to have exploratory surgery on his right shoulder Thursday.
† Right-hander Ramon Troncoso, who hasn’t pitched since being hospitalized with a heart condition, threw a simulated game at Yankee Stadium.