|Cincinnati Reds (10-10)||7||9||1|
|Milwaukee Brewers (10-11)||11||9||4|
|W: Torres (1-2) L: Garrett (2-2)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–With one out in the fourth inning — and the Reds losing 10-4 — Ariel Hernandez entered the game for the Reds to make his major league debut. Hernandez was just called up from Double-A, the eighth player to make his MLB debut so far for the Reds this season.
He was electrifying.
Hernandez pitched 2.2 perfect innings, striking out five Brewers. He threw 30 pitches, and 21 were strikes (and remember, the knock on Hernandez has been his inability to throw strikes with any regularity). He hit 100 mph on the radar gun a number of times, while displaying incredible breaking stuff. A bright light on a mostly dim evening for the ol’ Redlegs.
–The Reds did score seven runs, which should be enough to win on most nights. Not tonight. Scott Schebler was the hitting star, with a homer and 4 RBI. Zack Cozart continued to delight and amaze, reaching base four times: double, triple, two walks, three runs scored. Stuart Turner had two doubles, a walk, and 2 RBI. Joey Votto doubled and walked twice.
–Drew Storen pitched another scoreless inning, dropping his ERA to 0.69.
–Let’s not sugarcoat it: Amir Garrett was not good tonight. I think we can forgive the young guy, right?
Over 3.1 innings, Garrett surrendered 10 runs (9 earned) on eight hits and four walks. Unlike his previous starts, Garrett wasn’t hammering the strike zone: he threw 80 pitches, but only 45 were strikes.
–Jose Peraza was 1-5; he’s now “hitting” .215/.253/.253.
–I’m sick of losing to the Brewers.
–After getting down by a boatload of Milwaukee runs early, the Reds actually had a chance to tie the game in the eighth. With the score 10-5, Cozart doubled and Turner walked. After a very nice ovation from the Miller Park fans, former Brewer Scooter Gennett struck out for the second out of the inning. Billy Hamilton walked to load the bases, and Peraza singled up the middle to make the score 10-6.
That brought Joey Votto — representing the tying run — to the plate with bases loaded and two outs. He hit the ball sharply up the middle, but the Brewers had the shift on and it was an easy out. Even the greats make outs occasionally.
–Young pitchers struggle. It happens. They’re up-and-down. No reason not to believe that Garrett will be dominant in his next outing.
–Milwaukee’s Eric “Babe Ruth” Thames hit two more home runs against the Reds tonight. That makes 7 HR in 5 games against Cincinnati this season. This is getting ridiculous.
–Eugenio Suarez went 0-5 but scored two runs. That seems like a rare feat.
–The Reds really seem to have hit the jackpot with Ariel Hernandez. That was a fun debut.
Ariel Hernandez throws 100 mph. His breaking ball is better than his fastball. And he's been released and was a MILB R5 pick. Unreal.
— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) April 25, 2017
At this point, I'm pretty comfortable saying that Ariel Hernandez is the best pitcher on earth.
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) April 25, 2017
Ariel Hernandez kept it 💯 in his debut. pic.twitter.com/p5MHM9UQPz
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 25, 2017
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