After 4.0 innings of stellar relief work, Kevin Quackenbush put a fastball on a tee for Nick Williams to break the 5-5 deadlock. I truly cannot be that upset because Reds win this evening would’ve been stealing a victory from the jaws of defeat. No truly, the Reds did not deserve to win today.
But Hunter Greene made his 2018 debut!!!! And struck out 8!!! In only 3.0 innings!!! The future is bright!!!
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Tucker Barnhart launched a dinger into the left field stands to tie the game in the top of the third. Cody Reed immediately gave that lead up because of course he did. Barnhart also worked a full count, seven pitch walk to load the bases in the top of the seventh. Phil Ervin immediately squibbed an infield pop-up to end the rally, but it was a fantastic at-bat by Barnhart regardless.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Joey Votto had 2 hits, continuing the Joey-Votto-regresses-to-his-absurdly-high-mean-of-hitting-better-than-almost-anyone trend. Go Joey.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Billy Hamilton made a tie-saving catch in center in the bottom of the seventh. I don’t have the expertise to say other center fielders wouldn’t have gotten there, but other center fielders wouldn’t have gotten there.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Basically everything else.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Cody Reed looked whatever the opposite of good is…what’s that word? Bad. Cody Reed looked bad. Five runs and two home runs in 3.0 innings of work isn’t the nuclear situation but also isn’t promising. He left a pitch over the middle of the plate to Rhys Hoskins of all people! 73 pitches through only 3.0 innings does not make an effective pitcher nor does it bode well for the future.
I think Cody Reed is the first young Reds SP that I am ready to give up on and try in the bullpen.
— ???? ????y (@Nicholaspkirby) April 10, 2018
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Billy Hamilton made a bonehead decision trying to go home from second on a wild pitch, which Chris Welsh tried to justify by saying it’s cold and you never know what’s going to happen. But still, he’s not THAT fast.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Adam Duvall worked a full count right before Tucker Barnhart came to the plate, but instead of earning a walk, he struck out. I can’t wholly fault him because it was a perfectly placed pitch, but Duvall has been just plain bad this year.
Not So Random thoughts
Brandon Finnegan: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 1 HR on 98 pitches (53 strikes).
COL 4, LOU 1 | BOT 5 pic.twitter.com/nSjoqzzITR
— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) April 9, 2018
Given the Reed and Finnegan performances today, I’m all abroad the “Give Amir Garrett the next spot start” train. Who’s with me?
Recapping the start of the 2018 Cincinnati Reds baseball season pic.twitter.com/JZg8N0y6RA
— Weathered Fan (@WeatheredFan) April 9, 2018
Happy Hunter Greene Day!!!!!
Greene 100 on his first 3 pitches. #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) April 9, 2018
Hunter Greene Ks the side on this 98-mph heater. A couple of hard hit balls off his FB, 98-109. 85-89 breaking ball looks sharp. pic.twitter.com/3a3jRvHrNJ
— Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayo) April 9, 2018
Hunter Greene, likely done for the night, struck out 8 in 3 innings, mostly on breaking balls. His fastball was 96-100 mph.
— Dayton Dragons (@DragonsBaseball) April 9, 2018
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The numbers from @HunterGreene17's full-season @MiLB debut, in 39° weather:
CB 85-89@Reds prospect stats from tonight: https://t.co/uBHGs11ZI8pic.twitter.com/efBJNBi49L
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 10, 2018
Hunter Greene is 18 years old.
— Steve Mancuso (@spmancuso) April 10, 2018
— Steve Mancuso (@spmancuso) April 9, 2018
Look deep into those eyes. That’s the look of a future Cincinnati Reds’ Opening Day starter. Or the Reds’ version of Bryce Harper. Or all of the above. I’m really trying to not use exclamation points but boy oh boy are we in for a treat.
Joey Votto is the only Redeeming Aspect of the Current Reds
joey votto is the biggest troll in baseball exhibit 240 pic.twitter.com/PaKvOhakj2
— paco (@AllaireMatt) April 9, 2018
I mean seriously, just look at this man.
— Jessica Kleinschmidt (@KleinschmidtJD) April 10, 2018
We don’t deserve him.