Fulmer bounces back, gets 1st big league win

White Sox prospect allows one run on one hit over two innings vs. Rays

Fulmer bounces back, gets 1st big league win

CHICAGO -- Carson Fulmer didn't have to wait long to earn his first Major League victory after rejoining the White Sox roster on Friday.

In fact, Fulmer achieved the career milestone in his first appearance since being recalled, as the White Sox beat the Rays, 5-4, on Saturday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Fulmer replaced Carlos Rodon to start the fifth inning after a 1-hour, 18-minute rain delay ended the lefty's night. Fulmer gave up Logan Morrison's 35th home run, a solo shot, but that was it. He struck out two and bounced back nicely after a shaky big league debut that saw him allow six runs over 1 1/3 innings on Aug. 21 against the Twins.

"It means a lot," Fulmer said. "I've got to look at things in perspective. Obviously, it's a goal of mine, but it's a team victory when it comes down to it. That's the most important thing to me."

"It's good to get it out of the way," Rodon said. "It's kind of like a little rainy cloud over your head. It's good to get it and it's exciting. Many more from him hopefully."

Of Fulmer's 34 pitches, he recorded three swings and misses on his cutter and two on his fastball, according to Statcast™. He averaged 94.1 mph on the heater and topped out at 95.6.

"His ball had some pretty good life today," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "He was hitting 95, he was throwing his cutter a little bit more. We're looking for a couple innings out of him. For him to do that, it was a nice little bounceback for him. I'm sure he feels good about his outing."

"I was able to locate the majority of my stuff," Fulmer said. "I got ahead of hitters and was able to use my cutter when I needed to. Obviously, that outing, my first start, it's going to happen in my career. I take pride in how I bounce back. I've got to take the positive out of tonight and take the next opportunity."

Fulmer's terrific defensive play

When Fulmer's next opportunity comes is unknown. General manager Rick Hahn said Friday that the White Sox No. 11 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, could get a start or two in September, as well as being used out of the bullpen.

"It's tough, because there are days, there are more than days, sometimes it's a week, where you go without pitching if your starters are going deep in the game," Rodon said. "You don't know when you are going to go in. Luckily, tonight he got in and got the win."

"Whatever the team needs. I'm always ready," said Fulmer, who last pitched on Aug. 25 for Triple-A Charlotte. "One thing I take pride in is getting myself ready for every opportunity and starting, relieving, matchup, closing, whatever it takes for us to win, that's the most important thing for me."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.