Cincinnati Reds right handed pitcher Raisel Iglesias made his first rehab start with the Louisville Bats on Tuesday night. He would toss 3.0 shutout innings with just one hit allowed, a walk and he struck out three batters.
In the first inning he got some help from his defense, but only after it let him down. Chris Dominguez made an error on the first play of the game, but Kristopher Negron made a very nice play up the middle on the next play to get a force out at second base. Iglesias would get a strikeout for the second out of the inning, getting three swinging strikes, all on offspeed offerings. The next batter would walk, though he wasn’t missing by much in the at-bat. He’s induce a grounder to shortstop to end the inning.
The second inning started out with a strikeout. The second hitter of the inning fell to the strikeout as well. The third batter hit a lazy fly ball to left field that ended the inning on all of nine pitches. Iglesias mixed things up well, getting several more swings and misses on his offspeed stuff.
The third inning began with a ground ball to shortstop for the first out. The next batter reached on an infield single to third base, but a throwing error moved him up to second base. A sacrifice bunt followed and moved the runner over to third, but Iglesias made a nice play on the bunt. The final batter of the game for the Cuban right hander grounded out to shortstop.
In all, Iglesias faced 12 batters in the game. He struck out three of them, walked one of them and got seven of the eight other batters to hit grounders. He threw just 43 pitches and that includes an error that he had to work around, over three innings with 27 strikes. In just three innings he had eight swinging strikes. He mixed his breaking ball and change up very well with his fastball, which was sitting in the low 90’s during the outing.
The Reds have said they want Iglesias to get two or three rehab starts in before he will rejoin the club as a starting pitcher, so there will be at least one more start in the minors for the right hander. It’s likely to come in Indianapolis, where the Bats will play on Sunday afternoon.