Eastlake, Ohio — Hunter Greene was dominant and incredibly efficient in 7.0 innings on Tuesday evening against the Indians class-A affiliate, the Lake County Captains. The first two batters of the game, including Indians #5 prospect Nolan Jones, jumped on Greene’s fastball for long, loud outs. Greene then settled in, and struck out six batters through the first three innings. Greene finished the night with 10 strikeouts in total, and put up his best line of his career: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K.
Greene worked at a very fast pace throughout this start. Greene would run out on the field after the Dragons recorded their last out, often before the Captains players in the field reached the dugout. The result was hitters late on the fastball, and then looking silly when Greene threw the slider. Greene only needed 69 pitches to get through 7.0 innings. It was curious that he was pulled after just 69 pitches, but Dragons skipper Luis Bolivar might have wanted to make sure Greene left feeling great about the performance. It was Greene’s lowest pitch total in his last 9 starts.
The Dragons also had two other top Reds prospects in the lineup: #5 2B Jeter Downs and #11 SS Jose Garcia (MLB Pipeline). Downs grounded into double plays in his first two at-bats, but plated the Dragons first run of the game with an RBI double in the 7th inning. Garcia had a base hit in the first inning, but was ejected in his next at-bat following a bizarre event. Garcia tried to call timeout, and it was not initially granted. The Captains starter threw the pitch, Garcia just stuck his bat out and the result was a ball to right field. The umpire then decided to grant timeout for the Captains starter, and did not reward Garcia with first base. Garcia impressively broke his bat over his leg after being ejected for arguing.
I recorded some very poor video of last night’s game, but with no MiLB.tv coverage in Lake County, it is the best we have. Special thanks to Sean Ischay for the hookup with the great seats. Enjoy.
Jose Garcia (Reds #11 prospect) base hit. pic.twitter.com/y6RymuUEsX
— ɴɪᴄᴋ ᴋɪʀʙy (@Nicholaspkirby) July 2, 2018
RBI double for Jeter Downs gives the Dragons a 1-0 lead in the 7th. pic.twitter.com/wPraprqzCZ
— ɴɪᴄᴋ ᴋɪʀʙy (@Nicholaspkirby) July 3, 2018
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.