Andrew Abbott had a few struggles early on with his control, but the left-handed rookie battled through it in his major league debut and held the Brewers to one hit over 6.0 shutout innings. The Cincinnati Reds offense did just enough, clubbing two solo home runs, to win 2-0 on Monday night. The win ended Cincinnati’s 4-game losing streak and helped them avoid being swept by Milwaukee.
|Milwaukee Brewers (32-28)
|Cincinnati Reds (27-33)
|W: Abbott (1-0) L: Teheran (1-2) SV: Diaz (14)|
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Andrew Abbott had to work around a 2-out walk in his first big league inning, and he ran up his pitch count a bit, but he got through things unscathed. In the following inning he walked the first two batters he faced, but was able to clamp down and get a fly out and two strikeouts to end the inning. The 3rd inning was exactly what the lefty needed – a 1-2-3 inning that saw him throw just eight pitches. That ran his pitch count to 61 through three innings.
Stuart Fairchild led off the bottom of the 3rd inning with a solo home run into the left field seats to put the Reds up 1-0. T.J. Hopkins followed up with a single into right field, picking up his first big league hit in the process.
Andrew Abbott had another quick inning in the 4th, throwing just 11 pitches as he retired the side and kept his no-hitter going as he reached the 72-pitch mark on the day. Tyler Stephenson gave Abbott a little more breathing room with an opposite field solo home run in the bottom of the 4th to double the Reds lead to 2-0.
The Brewers would break up Abbott’s no-hitter with a 1-out double in the 5th inning by Joey Wiemer. Five pitches later the inning was over and Cincinnati was still leading 2-0. Abbott walked Andruw Monasterio to start the 6th inning, but got back-to-back strikeouts before a fly out to end the inning. That would be the end of the day for the lefty, allowing just one hit in 6.0 innings while striking out six batters and working around four walks.
Buck Farmer took over the game for the Reds in the 7th. He worked around a 2-out double – the second of the day for Joey Wiemer – to hold onto the 2-run lead. Lucas Sims got the call from the bullpen for the 8th inning. He allowed an infield single to start the inning, but got out of the inning with a double play to keep the Brewers off of the board. Alexis Diaz came out for the 9th inning and finished the shutout by striking out all three batters in the inning to seal the win and help avoid the Reds being swept in the series.
Key Moment of the Game
In the top of the 2nd inning after Andrew Abbott walked the first two batters of the inning he was able to retire the side without giving up a run. It was the only time that Milwaukee would have more than one base runner on in an inning.
Notes Worth Noting
Reds pitchers with 6+ IP, 1 or fewer hits, and no runs allowed in MLB debut (since 1901)
Andrew Abbott (6/5/2023)
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) June 6, 2023
Jonathan India exited the game in the 8th inning with back tightness.
Buck Farmer’s ERA is now down to 2.48.
Alexis Diaz has lowered his ERA to 1.54 on the season. He has 44 strikeouts and 11 walks in 23.1 innings.
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Tuesday June 6th, 7:10pm ET
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