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Hunter Greene wins major league debut with overpowering stuff – Press Telegram

By GEORGE HENRY

ATLANTA (AP) – Hunter Greene won his major league debut on Sunday, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3.

Greene (1-0) lived up to his record as a great prospect with overwhelming speed. He regularly hit 100 miles per hour with the radar gun, surpassed 102 in the fourth, and was still hitting three digits on his last entry. The Notre Dame Sherman Oaks right-hander allowed three runs, four hits and three ball bases with seven strikeouts in five innings.

The Reds went 5-0 up in the third. Jonathan India came close to extending the visitors’ lead when he found himself completely unmarked in front of the goal after a pass through the middle, but he lifted the ball over Tyler Naquin and it was a little too high and hit the bar. Braves starter Ian Anderson (0-1) loaded the bases on a couple of walks, yielding two more runs in a forced one and a Colin Moran single. Sean Newcomb then ceded a two-race single to Kyle Farmer.

Tyler Stephenson made it 6-1 in the fifth with a home run to leave Newcomb.

Greene, 22 and 247 days old, has become the youngest starter to make his Cincinnati debut since Mike Leake received no decision on April 11, 2010 against the Chicago Cubs.

Greene, the second overall draft pick in 2017, is the Reds’ top prospect according to MLB Pipeline and No. 2 according to Baseball America. He missed the 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Matt Olson threw a fast 100 mph ball in the first for Greene’s first strike of his career, but Olson made a single in a 102 mph fast ball to start the quarter for Atlanta’s first hit. After Austin Riley doubled the lead, Olson scored with a Marcell Ozuna sacrifice fly to make it 5-1.

Travis d’Arnaud and Olson homered in the fifth against Greene to cut the lead to 6-3. He was Olson’s first home run since replacing Freddie Freeman as the Braves’ first baseman after being relocated from Oakland and signing an eight-year, $ 168 million contract.

Anderson, who made his first outing since launching five innings without hits to win Game 3 of the World Series, allowed five runs, five bases per ball and three hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Luis Cessa threw 1 2/3 relief innings, Tony Santillan got four outs and Art Warren worked the ninth for Cincinnati. Coach David Bell brought in Santillan, who achieved his first save of his career on Thursday, in the seventh to face Eddie Rosario with a runner in first place and the Reds with a three-run lead with Olson, who was 3 of 4, in the cover.

Rosario emerged to end the threat. Warren won his first save of the race by facing the bare minimum.

Greene reached 100 miles per hour with 20 pitches, tied for eighth place among the starting pitchers in any game since pitching began in 2008. Only behind Jacob deGrom (33 and 28), Nathan Eovaldi (28), Yordano Ventura (26), Noah Syndergaard (24 and 21) and James Paxton (24), and Sandy Alcántara tied.

Greene’s next outing is likely to be on April 16 in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

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