Thursday night saw Hunter Greene take the mound for the Triple-A Louisville Bats and put together arguably the best start of his career. Celebrating the final day of his 21st year on Earth, Greene dominated the St. Paul Saints in his ninth start in the Triple-A East. The Cincinnati Reds top prospect allowed just one hit and one walk over 6.1 innings while striking out 10 batters. The 10 strikeouts tied a career high that he had reached twice this season with the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts and once in the 2018 season when he was with the Low-A Dayton Dragons.
The St. Paul Saints games have a radar gun on their scorebug. I haven’t been able to confirm how accurate it was, but based on the relievers that followed, it may have been a tick hot based on previous velocities from those guys. But according to that radar gun, Greene was sitting 99-102 on the night and regularly hitting 103 in the first few innings.
Over the first two innings the pitch count wasn’t great despite not giving up a hit as Greene had a long at-bat in each inning that pushed his pitch count to 42 pitches. But from the third inning on, Greene needed just 39 pitches to compete the next 4.1 innings.
The start on Thursday night was just a little bit of a step forward, but a continuation of the last month for the right-handed start. Over the last five starts, Greene has allowed just six runs in 27.1 innings – that’s a 1.98 ERA – while giving up 21 hits, walking just 7 batters, and striking out 37 batters. On the season between his two stops he’s made 16 starts with a 2.84 ERA in 85.2 innings while walking 31 and striking out 120.
An Arizona Complex League No-Hitter
Earlier this year the Daytona Tortugas pitches a combined no-hitter. On May 22nd James Proctor, Vin Timpanelli, Ricky Karcher, Nick Hanson, and Carson Spiers combined for 16 strikeouts in a 1-0 win over Jupiter. Last night in Arizona, the Arizona Complex League Reds gave the Cincinnati Reds organization a second no-hitter of the year.
The game was just a 7-inning contest. Yomil Maysonet started the game and kept the Rockies hitless through the first three innings. Damian Henderson came out and kept them hitless for the fourth inning. Jake Gilbert threw a hitless fifth and sixth inning.That left things up to Tyler Garbee in the final inning and he wrapped things up with a ground out and two strikeouts. The group as a whole had eight strikeouts and five walks in the win.
While the no-hitter was the story, it wasn’t the only story in the game. 4th round draft pick Ruben Ibarra got the start at first base and went 2-2 with a walk and his first career home run. Yerlin Confian also homered in the game. It was the 4th of the year for the 18-year-old outfielder. He’s hitting .306/.366/.506 on the season through 23 games.