A GIF Story: Looking Back on Robbie Erlin's Rookie Season

Jim Rogash

In honor of Robbie Erlin's birthday, we take a look back at his 2013 season.

Robbie Erlin turned 23 today. But aside from his birthday, the Padres southpaw has a lot to celebrate after a year full of excitement and career firsts.

Erlin came into the 2013 season as one of the Padres' top prospects. On April 24th he was called up from Triple-A Tucson and less than a week later, on April 30th, he made his major league debut. The left-hander entered the game in the 9th inning and got his first major league out by getting Darwin Barney to fly out to right field.
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The next night, Erlin got Julio Borbon swinging for his first ML strikeout.
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He was sent back down to Tucson a day later, but was recalled to make a spot start for Clayton Richard on June 1st. In his starting debut, Erlin tossed 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball against the Blue Jays, striking out four en route to his first career win. He was optioned back to the Triple-A club the next day.
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His first career hit came on September 3rd off Madison Bumgarner. He lined a ball to shallow center in front of Angel Pagan and over the head of Tony Abreu to drive in a run and extend the Padres' lead over the Giants.
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His finest pitching performance was his second to last start of the season and it came against the NL West Champion Dodgers. On September 20th, Erlin pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and a walk while striking out seven batters.
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Here's wishing Robbie a wonderful birthday and many more years of major league success!

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