Long County native Dustin McGowan was back in Georgia Saturday, pitching against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
McGowan, who is now a relief pitcher with the Miami Marlins, entered the game in the top of the eighth inning with his team down 7-2.
McGowan had a successful inning. Daniel Castro grounded out at first base. Kelly Johnson hit a line drive to the shortstop. And Jeff Francoeur flied out to center field.
While on the mound, the left-hander threw 14 pitches. Nine were strikes. For the year McGowan, has a 3.46 ERA and an 0-1 record.
McGowan was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round in 2000, being the 33rd overall pick.
He signed with the Blue Jays that year and remained with the organization through 2014. Last year he played with the Philadelphia Phillies, and joined the Marlins earlier this year.
He has a career win/loss record of 26-30, an ERA of 4.66, and he has struck out 420 batters.