New Bern native Adam Warren made his debut with the New York Yankees Friday night, taking the mound in place of pitcher CC Sabathia.
It was a strong start for Warren, allowing no runs in the first inning. But a 4-0 lead over the Chicago White Sox was erased in the second inning, turning into a 6-4 game with Chicago in the lead.
Fans crowding Halftime Sports Bar in New Bern said the pressure was intense.
"His nerves have got to be insane right now," said Yankee fan Greg Chuffo. "Maybe he can stay with it, and his nerves will simmer down just a little bit."
After two and a third innings, manager Joe Gherardi took Warren out of the game.
A night after the White Sox rallied to win at Yankee Stadium, they made it a short and sour outing for Warren. The 24-year-old newcomer didn't make it through the third inning.
The Yankees drafted Warren in the fourth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. Warren attended New Bern High School and pitched in college baseball for the North Carolina Tar Heels.