Marlins' Brian Moran strikes out his brother in historic MLB debut

Thursday’s game between the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates had no impact on the MLB standings. But unlike most September games without playoff implications, you can’t call this one meaningless.

That’s because a dream scenario played out for brothers Brian and Colin Moran.

Historic brother vs. brother matchup

The game marked the MLB debut of Brian Moran, a 30-year-old left-hander who toiled in the minor leagues for 10 seasons. He was summoned by Marlins manager Don Mattingly to pitch the fourth inning, which set up a scenario that had not been seen in MLB since 1900.

The second batter Brian Moran faced in his MLB debut?

His own brother, Colin Moran.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this exact scenario had not played out in an MLB game 119 years.


And even more amazing was the outcome of this historic matchup.

First career strikeout

After battling to a 3-2 count, Brian Moran earned bragging rights for life by making his brother his first career strikeout victim.

The decisive pitch was a 72-mph slider.

Ironically, Colin Moran was the Marlins’ first-round pick in the 2013 MLB draft.

He was traded to the Houston Astros before making his MLB debut. The 26-year-old third baseman has received regular playing time for Pittsburgh this season. In 133 games, he's batting .286/.333/.450 with 13 homers and 77 RBIs.

As Brian Moran will surely remind his brother, he couldn’t even get the ball in play when they faced each other.

Brian Moran vs. Colin Moran
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Brian Moran vs. Colin Moran
Pittsburgh Pirates' Colin Moran, right, stands with his brother Brian Moran, a pitcher for the Miami Marlins, before their teams play against each other in a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Miami Marlins pitcher Brian Moran throws his first pitch in his major league debut in the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette via AP)/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Brian Moran #63 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch to his brother Colin Moran #19 of the Pittsburgh Pirates during his major league debut in the fourth inning during the game at PNC Park on September 5, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Pirates' Jacob Stallings, left, is greeted by Colin Moran after scoring against the Miami Marlins on a triple by Adam Frazier during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Miami Marlins relief pitcher Brian Moran takes the field to warm up for the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Pittsburgh. Moran is the brother of Pirates third baseman Colin Moran. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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