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.

The line:
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.

3 Responses

  1. Chris

    I didn’t want to bump this post, but if you want to talk abuot idiotic lineup construction, take a look at what Pinella did that day in 1991:

    Larkin
    B. Hatcher
    Sabo
    Carmello Martinez
    Doran
    Glenn Braggs
    O’Neill
    Oliver
    Sanford

    He has Carmello Martinez (career .408 SLG) batting cleanup, and Paul O’Neill batting 7th.

  2. Heath

    Also, Mr. Ramirez gave up HR in that Bandbox known as Citizen’s Bank Park. I though GABP looked small….

    I hope he turns out to be a good pitcher – he looked confident out there.