Record heat: Reds’ Greene turns it loose in loss
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After five overpowering innings, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally caught up.
Trea Turner launched a two-run homer to snap a scoreless tie in the sixth and the Dodgers beat the skidding Reds 5-2 on Saturday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
In his highly anticipated homecoming, Greene threw an astounding 39 pitches 100 mph or faster — most in a single game since pitch tracking began in 2008. The previous mark was 33 by New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom last June.
Making his second major league start, the 22-year-old right-hander, who went to high school in nearby Sherman Oaks, also fired 13 pitches at least 101 mph — another record for a starter. The moment finally hit Greene in third inning, but not emotionally. He claimed he was emotional after the event and that he was a little teary on the bench.
” I wish we could have won, but it was a really great time,” Greene stated. “It was an incredible feeling and experience to play against that lineup. Freddie [Freeman] gave me some love, kind of a tip of the cap, so that was cool. I was glad to be able do that here and have my family. “
But with Greene’s velocity dipping slightly later in his outing, it was a 99 mph fastball to Turner that ended up in the left-field seats.
“We still had to be ready for 99 with a pretty good slider and decent changeup,” Turner said. “He’s tough no matter how hard he’s throwing, whether it’s 99 or 101, but I think we did a good job battling. “
Turner finished with three hits, including an infield single in the first. The speedy shortstop has a hit in all eight games this season, and in 27 straight going back to last year. It is the third longest hitting streak in Los Angeles history.
Dodgers starter Julio Urias, his velocity down during the spring and through his first outing of the season, managed to outpitch Greene by giving up one hit over five shutout innings.
Austin Barnes led off the sixth against Greene with a single. Turner then hit a 1-1 fastball halfway to the bleachers in left-field for his first home run of this season.
The Dodgers added two more runs, one charged to Greene, when Chris Taylor hit a two-run single with two outs.
“He was not going to give us any, so we had to work for it,” Turner stated. “He kept us down for the first 5 1/2 innings, and then we finally got to him. But he’s great and I’m glad that we won. “
Greene (1-1) gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in 5 1/3 innings, with no walks and six strikeouts. He threw 80 pitches. The Reds lost their fifth consecutive match. Their last win was last Sunday, when Greene made his major league debut at Atlanta.
Greene stated that he cried in the third inning on the bench.
” He laughed and said, “I didn’t cry. That was just a poor choice in words.” “I just cried a little.
” I was sitting on the bench when it hit me. I believe I saw the roar and felt it when I looked up. It’s a completely different atmosphere up here. All of these factors contributed to my childhood experience at Dodger Stadium. “
He was not shaken by the big stage. Turner’s home run came on a pitch near the plate.
“Usually it takes a little longer to find that [composure] for a young player,” Bell said. He’ll have his moments but the experience he has is speeding up his development. “
Freeman added a sacrifice fly in the seventh to make it 5-0.
Urias walked one and struck out five. He was in the 92 mph range with his fastball after sitting at 91 in his season debut. He still is down from his 94 mph average velocity during his 20-win season of 2021.
Daniel Hudson got two outs for his first save this season.
Evan Phillips (1-1) earned the win with a scoreless sixth inning.
The Reds sent right-hander Riley O’Brien to Seattle for a player to be named or cash. O’Brien was designated for assignment Wednesday to make room on the 40-man roster for left-hander Nick Lodolo.
Reds: INF/OF Nick Senzel was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Friday, although Bell said Senzel has not tested positive. Senzel felt ill shortly before Friday’s game. RHP Daniel Duarte was recalled from Triple-A Louisville. … While the hamstring strain for 2B Jonathan India continues to improve, the Reds will wait until Sunday to decide if an IL move is necessary.
Dodgers: RHP Tommy Kahnle, who has just one major league outing since 2019 after having Tommy John surgery, made his third consecutive scoreless rehab outing at Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday.
Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (1-0, 1. 00 ERA) makes his third start of the season in the series finale Sunday. He is now 2-1 in four games against the Dodgers, with a 2. 05 ERA.
Dodgers: LHP Andrew Heaney (0-0, 0. 00) will pitch at home with his new team for the first time after throwing 4 1/3 scoreless innings at Minnesota on Tuesday.
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