June 3, 2009
Former Clemson pitcher Steven Jackson made his Major League debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the New York Mets on June 1, 2009. He made his first appearance just about the time Kyle Parker was knocking in what proved to be the winning runs in Clemson’s 6-5 regional win over Oklahoma State.
Jackson came in as a relief pitcher for the Pirates and pitched one inning. He walked one and did not allow a hit in facing four batters, helping the Pirates to a come from behind 8-5 win. He was not involved in the decision.
Jackson pitched for the Tigers from 2001-04, including the 2002 Clemson team that finished tied for third at the College World Series. He had a career record of 19-8 with a 4.62 ERA. He had 34 starts for the Tigers and appeared in 67 games.
Jackson was on the New York Yankees active roster for a week in May, but did not appear in a game. He was traded to Pittsburgh and is now on their staff.
Jackson joins Tony Sipp and Jason Berken as former Tiger pitchers who have made their Major League debut this year. Sipp has pitched in nine games with Cleveland, while Berken made his Major League debut a victory in late May. He is now 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA. He became the first former Tiger to win in his Major League debut since Kris Benson did it for the Pirates in 1999.
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