CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Rick Renteria expected Dallas Beeler to have a few butterflies before his Major League debut. He probably didn't expect the pitcher to get his first hit in his first at-bat off the first pitch he saw.
Beeler, called up from Triple-A Iowa for the first game of a day-night doubleheader against the Nationals, singled to center off the first pitch he saw from Gio Gonzalez with two outs in the third.
A 41st round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Beeler was 3-for-12 at Iowa this season.
The last Cubs pitcher to get a hit in his first big league at-bat was Chris Rusin, who tripled in his first at-bat in the third inning of his Major League debut Aug. 21, 2012.
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