Hunter Greene’s no-hit performance in Cincinnati still left the MLBbro and his team seeing red Sunday. The broken Red Machine lost 1-0 to the Pittsburgh Pirates despite wasting the melanated mound marauder’s best start of the season, where he combined with Art Warren for a no-hitter at PNC Park.
Greene lived up to the hype by spotting his 100-plus mph fastball consistently and keeping the Bucs bats off balance through 7 ⅓ innings of dominance.
Reds manager David Bell pulled Greene after 118 pitches in the eighth inning although his heat was still being clocked at 98 mph. He also featured an electric slider that frustrated Pittsburgh batters as well all afternoon.
After Greene walked two batters in the eighth and stretched his arm after the second, Reds manager David Bell decided to pull him from the game. Warren delivered what should’ve have been a double-play ball that ended the inning. However, Reds second baseman Alejo Lopez mishandled the chance so they only got one out. Ke’Bryan Hayes then scored from third base and the Pirates took a 1-0 lead which would be the difference in the game.
“(I’ll) continue to stick with the process, I think that’s where my peace is as a player and as a person,” Green said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer, following the rookie’s gem performance that was squandered by MLB’s worst team. “That’ll always be there, so I take a lot of pride in that and the work that I’ve put in. Yeah, it would’ve been great to have a different result, but it is what it is. This is my team, ride or die with them.”
Greene is committed to being the cornerstone of the franchise and wants to lead the Reds to future success by enduring these tough times and establishing some respect for one of baseball’s oldest franchises.
Greene remains the youngest player in baseball, but his stuff is beyond his years. His fastball was clocked at 105 mph when he was in high school but the young thoroughbred continues to give Cincinnati fans a reason to stay locked in amidst a dismal season where they dropped to 9-26.
This was the fifth time in MLB history where a team lost despite no-hitting the opposition and the first since 2008.
MLBbro.com has been anxiously anticipating Greene’s rookie season and he has not disappointed.