Josh Osich, a 2007 Bishop Kelly High graduate, pitched one inning for the San Francisco Giants on Friday — the same day he was promoted to the majors.
Osich, 26, came in during the eighth inning of a 2-1 loss to the Washington Nationals. The lefthander gave up two walks and struck out one, inducing a pop-up from Bryce Harper to end the inning. Wearing No. 61, Osich threw 19 pitches — seven for strikes.
“I’m kind of in shock,” Osich told the San Jose Mercury News prior to Friday’s game. “I thought maybe I had a shot, but I didn’t think it’d happen this fast.”
He told the newspaper he had considered quitting baseball because of recurring shoulder issues.
“I was getting hurt every year, and yeah, I was getting close to hanging ’em up,” Osich said. “I was just happy to be healthy this year. This is where I’ve always wanted to be.”
As a junior at Oregon State, Osich underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010. The Giants took him in the sixth round of the 2011 draft.
Osich started this season with the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels. He threw 34 innings in 31 games, during which he went 0-1 while giving up 23 hits and 10 walks with 34 strikeouts for a 1.59 ERA. He recorded 19 saves in 20 opportunities.
He played in two games with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats — giving up two hits and a walk while striking out three in two innings of work — before being called up.
Andrew Susac, who overlapped for two seasons with Osich at Oregon State, caught for him Friday.
“He’s electric,” Susac told the Mercury News before the game. “He’s always thrown hard. You can expect to see 97, 98 mph with a really plus changeup. And he’s got a cutter now, I’ve heard, that might be his best pitch.”