A leadoff bunt single was all that the Arizona Diamondbacks would get against Hunter Greene on Monday night. The 22-year-old rookie was brilliant, striking out eight batters in a rain-shortened 7-inning, 7-0 Cincinnati Reds win.
|Arizona Diamondbacks (26-30)
|Cincinnati Reds (19-35)||7||12||0|
|W: Greene (3-7) L: Bumgarner (2-5)|
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Cincinnati didn’t wait long to get on the board. Brandon Drury hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 1st to put the Reds on top 1-0. They would load the bases later in the inning after a Joey Votto double, Tyler Stephenson walk, and a hit by pitch that sent Kyle Farmer to 1st, but a fly ball would strand all three runners.
Alejo Lopez led off the 2nd inning with a double and he moved up to third base on a ground out. That turned the lineup over and Nick Senzel singled in Lopez to make it a 2-0 lead for the Reds. In the bottom of the 5th inning Cincinnati put together a 2-out rally that started with a Joey Votto walk. Tyler Stephenson followed up with a single to put runners on the corners for left-handed killer Kyle Farmer who came through with a 2-run double to make it a 4-0 game.
Just as the rain started coming down in the bottom of the 7th inning it was once again Tyler Stephenson coming through with a hit in the middle of a rally. With Brandon Drury and Joey Votto on 1st and 2nd, Stephenson doubled to the wall in right-center and both runners scored to extend Cincinnati’s lead to 6-0. Stephenson then would score from second on an Albert Almora Jr. single as they rain began to fall harder and the Reds went up by a touchdown. Alejo Lopez followed with a single, but with Aristides Aquino at the plate the grounds crew sprinted onto the field to try and beat the absolute downpour that was taking place. While it would take just over 43 minutes before the game was officially called as final, anyone who could look at a radar knew the minute the tarp went onto the field that they weren’t resuming play.
A bunt single led off the game for Arizona, but Daulton Varsho and the Diamondbacks got greedy and tried to steal second base. It was a bad idea as the pitch was strike three and Tyler Stephenson fired a laser to the second base bag to send Varsho back to the dugout for a double play.
That was the last time that Arizona had a baserunner in the game. Greene dominated the Arizona lineup for the next 6.1 innings as he walked no one, hit no one, and struck out eight batters. He had thrown just 87 pitches – 54 of which were strikes – but in the bottom of the 7th inning the skies opened up over Great American Ball Park and the game was placed in a rain delay.
With the forecast calling for rain for the next 12 hours it likely didn’t matter that the grounds crew was summoned onto the field too late by the umpires and could not get the tarp onto the field before it was too heavy to get 100% over the infield. Eventually the grounds crew would get a second tarp, and use an advertising banner to cover the infield.
Even the tarp cover is getting used. Another tarp out now. Forget Hunter Greene, this has been the most impressive performance of the night pic.twitter.com/wU1rcOVbpj
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) June 7, 2022
Key Moment of the Game
We’re going a little off script here and calling it the moment when Hunter Greene chose to try and let Daulton Varsho’s bunt roll foul instead of trying to field it and make a throw to first base. Had he been able to make the play – something that in no way was guaranteed – he would have tossed a rain-shortened perfect game.
Notes Worth Noting
Joey Votto’s 1st inning double off of Madison Bumgarner was his 800th extra-base hit of his career.
Hunter Greene is the 1st rookie to throw 7 innings while facing the minimum number of batters since Rob Milacki for the Orioles in 1989.
Milacki threw a complete game and gave up 3 hits and 2 walks, but only faced 27 batter thanks to 4 double plays and a caught stealing. pic.twitter.com/84wcH6zN3u
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 7, 2022
Hunter Greene tonight: 7 IP, 0 hard-hit batted balls
Presuming he's done:
it's just the 7th time under Statcast tracking (since 2015, in start with all batted balls tracked), that a pitcher had an outing 7+ IP without allowing a hard-hit batted ball (95+ mph exit velocity) pic.twitter.com/HKB59ZFMw4
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) June 7, 2022
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Arizona Diamondbacks vs Cincinnati Reds
Tuesday June 7th, 6:40pm ET
Tyler Gilbert (0-2, 5.02 ERA) vs Graham Ashcraft (2-0, 1.53 ERA)