Two former KC Royals minor leaguers made their first career big league starts on Saturday afternoon.
Lefty Cody Reed, who was traded to Cincinnati last July for Johnny Cueto, made his big league debut on Saturday in Houston.
His debut didn’t get off to a great start, as he walked Astros leadoff hitter George Springer and then allowed a two-run home run to Marwin Gonzalez. Reed seemed to settle in after that.
He did allow a leadoff double in the second, a one out Gonzalez single in the third (though he was erased on one of two Carlos Correa double plays), a one out walk in the fifth, and a leadoff walk in the sixth (which was erased on a Correa DP).
From the fourth to the sixth, Reeds retired eight of ten with five strikeouts. The Reds even tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth.
Unfortunately, the long ball came back to haunt Reed, as he allowed a leadoff double in the seventh and on the very next pitch, the Astros had a 4-2 lead on an Evan Gattis two-run homer. Reed then retired the next three batters (two on strikeouts) to end his Major League debut.
Reed will be thankful with a no decision, as the Reds tied the game up at 4-4 with two outs in the top of the ninth on Adam Duvall’s two-run homer (his 20th of the season). The Reds lost 5-4 in 11 innings.
Reed’s final line looks like this: 7IP, 6H, 4R, 2HR, 3BB, 9K, 92 pitches, 62 for strikes. Not bad at all.
At the time of his much deserved promotion, Reed was 6-3 with a 3.20 ERA in 11 starts for Triple-A Louisville. Over 64.2 innings, opponents hit .245 against him, he walked 17, and struck out 63.
In Oakland, while the return of Tim Lincecum to the Bay Area took top billing (Lincecum made his season debut with the LA Angels), former Royal Andrew Triggs was back up in the big leagues with the A’s. This time in a starting role.
In just his second professional start (the first was on May 18, 2014 with Double-A NW Arkansas), Triggs allowed one run on three hits over three plus innings.
In the first, he allowed a leadoff single, but ended up striking out Mike Trout. In the second, he once again worked around a leadoff single. In the third, he pitched a perfect inning, throwing just seven pitches. Up came Trout to lead off the fourth, and he hit a solo home run.
That was all for Triggs, as he threw 50 pitches, 29 for strikes in his first big league loss.
Prior to his fourth big league promotion this season, he had pitched in just two games (totaling 2.1 innings) with Triple-A Nashville, picking up a save in his last appearance on June 12th.