LaFromboise impresses in big league debut

LaFromboise impresses in big league debut

SEATTLE -- Bobby LaFromboise made his Major League debut by striking out two Astros in a perfect ninth inning in the Mariners' 8-3 loss on Wednesday night, quite an entrance for the 26-year-old left-handed sidearmer.

LaFromboise was called up from Triple-A Tacoma after Tuesday night's 16-9 loss to the Houston Astros in which several relievers were taxed in extra duty. There was plenty of emotion to go around when he got the call from Tacoma manager Daren Brown after the Rainiers' victory in Sacramento on Tuesday night.

"About 12:15 [a.m.]," said LaFromboise, whom the Mariners selected in the eighth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and pitched to a combined 1.36 ERA in 66 1/3 innings in Double-A and Triple-A last year. "I was just hanging out with a couple of roommates and friends. It was a big shock to me."

LaFromboise immediately went down to his own hotel room and called his father, Joe, a tire salesman in Covina, Calif.

"I couldn't get through it," LaFromboise said. "Teared up. And then I had to talk to my mom, and that was worse. Because it's Mom. It was just a great feeling to be able to make that phone call to them, and say, 'Hey, I made it.'"

LaFromboise said Mariners manager Eric Wedge congratulated him and offered him a reminder. "It's the same game," LaFromboise said. "It's still 60 feet, six inches. Just go out and do what I do."

The Mariners optioned to Tacoma lefty reliever Lucas Luetge to make room on the roster for LaFromboise. But Wedge said it wasn't because the team is disappointed in Luetge, who pitched a career-high three innings on Tuesday night and gave up two runs on five hits.

"It was nothing, really, in regards to Lucas," Wedge said. "It was just he had options, and he threw three innings last night, and we needed another arm. When you have a night like last night, it's not just about the next day, but it could potentially even go longer than that."

Doug Miller is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.