In a much anticipated start on September 13, 2013, Atlanta rookie David Hale sets a franchise record with nine strikeouts in his major league debut, but does not collect the victory when San Diego stages a late rally off the bullpen to overcome a three-run deficit to beat the Braves at Turner Field, 4-3.
Hale was recalled from the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves on September 5, 2013. In the debut, he opposed the Princeton’s Will Venable who struck out leading off the game for the San Diego Padres. This was the second matchup between a Princeton pitcher and a Princeton batter in major league history. Hale made the Braves’ NLDS roster in 2013. He only appeared in one game as a reliever.
The 25 year-old right-hander from Marietta, GA surpassing the previous mark of eight shared by Bob Dresser (1902) and Kenshin Kawakami (2009).
The Atlanta Braves selected Hale in the third round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. The Braves added him to their 40-man roster after the 2012 season.
Hale spent the majority of the 2014 season in the Braves bullpen after beginning the season as a starter. He started 6 games before shifting to the bullpen, where he ended up appearing in 39 games. Overall, Hale finished the 2014 season with 45 appearances and a 4-5 record with a 3.30 ERA in 87.1 innings.