Miles Mikolas defeats the Yankees 4-2


Jack Tirsch, Colonial Times staff reporter, with Miles Mikolas of the Texas Rangers on July 21 at Yankee Stadium.

THE BRONX — On July 21, the last place Texas Rangers beat the New York Yankees 4-2. Miles Mikolas, the starting pitcher for the Rangers, got the first Major League Baseball win in his career.

Mikolas started his professional baseball career with the San Diego Padres, and on his MLB debut, which was on May 5, 2012, he struck out the side.

Then after the 2013 season, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

During spring training, he was injured and traded to the Texas Rangers and sent down to the Minor Leagues, where the team saw his potential and turned him into a starting pitcher.

Right before the All-Star break, Mikolas was brought up and he had his 2014 MLB debut against the Baltimore Orioles.

He pitched well, but the Rangers offense didn’t back him up. Mikolas took the loss.

But on July 21, Ron Washington, the manager for the Texas Rangers, scheduled Mikolas to start against the Yankees.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, the Yankees had the bases loaded with one out. It was one of the most critical moments of the game for the Yankees, but Yankees captain Derek Jeter hit into a double play to end the inning.

Jeter went hitless against Mikolas.

“I was very grateful to have family and friends in the crowd to cheer me on,” said Miles Mikolas.

After the game, this reporter met Mikolas and congratulated him on his fantastic win. He is also Miles’ step nephew.