While they lost again today, there was a bright spot (for once). Twenty-two year old Elizardo Ramirez made his debut as a starter today.
6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR (he is a Red, after all).
He threw 89 pitches, 59 of them for strikes. His ERA now leads the Reds at 3.37.
I don’t want to get too wound up over one start (Mo Sanford debuted with 7 innings of 2-hit, 8-strikeout, 1-walk baseball in 1991), but it IS encouraging. Especially when you remember that he’s only 22. This could be the first feather in O’Brien’s trading cap.