August 27, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Casey Kelly (49) throws during the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

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Casey Kelly lived up to the hype in his first major league appearance, pitching six scoreless innings to lead the Padres to a 3-0 win over the Braves Monday night.  Since 1918, only 120 pitchers have made their MLB debut throwing at least six innings without allowing a run.  Here is the rather lengthy list since 1999:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO GSc
1 Casey Kelly 2012-08-27 SDP ATL W 3-0 GS-6 ,W 6.0 3 0 0 2 4 68
2 Collin McHugh 2012-08-23 NYM COL L 0-1 GS-7 7.0 2 0 0 1 9 81
3 Adalberto Mendez 2010-09-06 (1) FLA PHI W 7-1 GS-6 ,W 6.0 1 0 0 2 6 74
4 Ryan Sadowski 2009-06-28 SFG MIL W 7-0 GS-6 ,W 6.0 4 0 0 3 2 63
5 Vin Mazzaro 2009-06-02 OAK CHW W 5-0 GS-7 ,W 6.1 3 0 0 4 1 64
6 Anthony Swarzak 2009-05-23 MIN MIL W 6-2 GS-7 ,W 7.0 5 0 0 2 3 68
7 Scott Lewis 2008-09-10 CLE BAL W 7-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 3 0 0 0 3 79
8 James Parr 2008-09-04 ATL WSN W 2-0 GS-6 ,W 6.0 2 0 0 3 3 68
9 Chris Waters 2008-08-05 BAL LAA W 3-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 1 0 0 3 3 80
10 Ryan O’Malley 2006-08-16 CHC HOU W 1-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 5 0 0 6 2 68
11 Jered Weaver 2006-05-27 LAA BAL W 10-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 3 0 0 1 5 75
12 Paul Maholm 2005-08-30 PIT MIL W 6-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 4 0 0 3 5 76
13 Daniel Cabrera 2004-05-13 (1) BAL CHW W 1-0 GS-6 ,W 6.0 2 0 0 3 3 68
14 Chris Saenz 2004-04-24 MIL STL W 3-1 GS-6 ,W 6.0 2 0 0 3 7 72
15 Tyler Yates 2004-04-09 NYM MON W 3-2 GS-6 6.0 5 0 0 0 4 66
16 Jimmy Gobble 2003-08-03 KCR TBD W 2-0 GS-6 ,W 6.0 6 0 0 1 3 62
17 Brian Tallet 2002-09-16 (2) CLE BOS W 7-1 GS-6 ,W 6.0 4 0 0 3 1 62
18 Andy Van Hekken 2002-09-03 DET CLE W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 8 0 0 2 1 70
19 Mike Maroth 2002-06-08 DET PHI L 1-2 GS-7 7.0 7 0 0 2 1 62
20 Aaron Harang 2002-05-25 OAK TBD W 6-0 GS-7 ,W 7.0 3 0 0 3 10 78
21 Josh Beckett 2001-09-04 FLA CHC W 8-1 GS-6 ,W 6.0 1 0 0 3 5 72
22 Jason Jennings 2001-08-23 COL NYM W 10-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 5 0 0 4 8 81
23 Carlos Hernandez 2001-08-18 HOU PIT W 3-0 GS-7 ,W 7.0 2 0 0 1 7 79
24 Troy Mattes 2001-06-19 MON NYM L 1-4 GS-7 7.0 2 0 0 1 2 74
25 Brian Sikorski 2000-08-16 TEX NYY W 5-0 GS-7 ,W 7.0 4 0 0 4 5 70
Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO GSc
26 Paul Rigdon 2000-05-21 CLE NYY W 6-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 2 0 0 4 2 71
27 Eric Gagne 1999-09-07 LAD FLA L 1-2 GS-6 6.0 2 0 0 1 8 75
28 Joe Nathan 1999-04-21 SFG FLA W 4-0 GS-7 ,W 7.0 4 0 0 3 4 70

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Generated 8/28/2012.

As you can see, there are a variety of names on the list.  Some have been good starters (Weaver, Beckett, Harang), some good relievers (Gagne, Nathan), and a lot of one-hit wonders.  I mean, who could forget James Parr and Tyler Yates?

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