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Reds prospect Tony Cingrani had an amazing season debut

Apr 5, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Tony Cingrani made his first Triple-A start last night and the Reds prospect was about as good as a pitcher can be.

Cingrani, who ranks among MLB’s top 100 prospects according to both Baseball America and MLB.com, took a perfect game into the fifth inning and ended up exiting after six no-hit innings while striking out 14 of the 19 batters he faced.

He struck out the first seven batters and 13 of the first 15 batters, threw 55 of his 82 pitches for strikes, and only a leadoff walk in the sixth inning ruined his perfect game. And he also had some good quotes afterward, telling Danny Wild of MILB.com:

I was just throwing it up there, and they couldn’t hit it. I felt pretty good, the ball was coming out of my hand pretty well. … I just threw a bunch of fastballs and located wherever I wanted, just kept putting up zeros.

Last year Cingrani jumped from Double-A to the majors to make MLB debut in September and Aroldis Chapman remaining in the bullpen increases the 23-year-old left-hander’s odds of arriving in Cincinnati to stay at some point this season.

  1. gerryb323 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    But then Dusty might decide he needs to alternate dominating lefty closers.

    Can we make a new verb…he was Dustied.

  2. natstowngreg - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Pulled after only 6 innings? After only 82 pitches? Where is the outrage?!

    • paperlions - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      It is probably hanging out with the outrage over Gio being pulled after only 6 innings and 91 pitches of 2 hit ball on Wednesday; the same game in which Slowey was pulled after only 85 pitches over 5.1 innings of 4 hit ball.

    • contraryguy - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      I was following along with the online gamecast and it was a bit of a shock but I’m sure there’s some sort of plan in place. April 4th, you’re not looking for anyone to go deep into the game; and his manager in AAA is Jim Riggleman, who kinda does his own thing and doesn’t care what people think about it.

      • paperlions - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        Plus, who cares what the game results are in AAA? MLB teams don’t, really. They want guys to learn, develop, and stay healthy.

  3. denny65 - Apr 6, 2013 at 4:22 AM

    Another player making an “amazing” season debut is Mike Zunino with (Seattle’s AAA) Tacoma Rainers, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple and a homer in a game against Fresno. He’ll be up with the big team by the All-Star break, I predict.

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