The Cincinnati Reds took it on the chin again on Thursday afternoon in Milwaukee. For those of you who were working, you didn't miss much. With Hunter Greene on the mound, I think a few fans actually thought Cincinnati had a chance to break their eight-game losing streak.
That didn't happen despite the fact that Cincinnati got out to an early 3-0 nothing lead in the top of the first inning. However, it was deja vu as the Brewers put up three runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning and tied the game before proceeding to the second inning.
The Brew Crew would go on to win the game by a final of 10-5. Greene was pulled after just 2.2 innings of work. The Reds rookie allowed eight runs on nine hits while walking only one batter and striking out seven. That might be one of the oddest stat lines you'll ever see.
Reds pitcher Hunter Greene allowed 5 home runs.
Does anyone remember former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Scott Feldman? Feldman was part of the Reds starting rotation during the dreadful rebuilding year of 2017. Feldman helped make up the starting rotation along with Homer Bailey, Sal Romano, Robert Stephenson, Amir Garrett, and others.
Well, on August 17, 2017, in what would be Feldman's final major league appearance, the right-hander went 3.2 innings, allowed six runs on seven hits and watched five balls leave the ballpark. That's right, Feldman allowed five home runs during the final game of his career. Talk about going out with a bang, huh?
Well, Hunter Greene duplicated that feat on Thursday. Of the nine hits that Greene allowed, five of them cleared the wall at American Family Field. Greene gave up a pair of home runs in first inning, a two-run bomb in the second inning, and two more round trippers in the third inning.
On the season, Greene has given up 10 home runs. For reference, the single-season leader in home runs allowed by a pitcher is Bronson Arroyo. The former Reds right-hander gave up 46 bombs in 2011. Last season, Jordan Lyles of the Texas Rangers led the majors with 38 home runs allowed.
Let's hope Hunter Greene gets things figured out before his next start. While Greene's velocity was back up, he was not locating his fastball and was constantly falling behind batters. One would assume Greene will get the ball next Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.