LOS ANGELES – On a chilly Southern California evening, the rookie rookie of the Cincinnati Reds Hunter Green brought in some record-setting heat.
After five compelling innings, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally caught up.
Tria Turner fired a two-part penalty to finish in a goalless draw for sixth as the Dodgers beat the Reds 5-2 on Saturday night to claim their fifth win in a row.
In his highly anticipated comeback, Green has thrown an astonishing 39 pitches at 100mph or faster—most in one game since starting field tracking in 2008. The previous mark was 33 pitches from New York Mets Jacob Degrom last June.
On his second start in the Major League, the 22-year-old right-winger, who went to high school in nearby Sherman Oaks, fired at least 13 yards at 101 mph—another record for a beginner.
The moment finally hit Green in the third inning, but only emotionally. He said he tearfully fell on the seat amid the enormity of the occasion, and was suffocated after emerging from the pile at six.
“I wish we had a win, but it was a really fun time,” Green said. “It was an incredible feeling and experience to face this squad. Freddy [Freeman] It gave me some love, kind of a tip of the hat, so that was cool. I was glad I was able to do it here and my family here.”
But with Green’s speed lowered a little later in the outing, it was a 99-mph fast ball for Turner that ended up in the left field seats.
“We still have to be ready for 99 with a very good slider and a decent change,” said Turner. “It’s tough no matter how strong it is, whether it’s 99 or 101, but I think we did a good job in the fight.”
Turner finished with three hits, including one in the first. The quick short has had success in all eight games this season, and in 27 games in a row going back to last year. It’s the third longest hitting streak in team history in Los Angeles.
Dodgers’ Julio Orias, at his low pace during the spring and during his first outing of the season, outmaneuvered Greene by giving up one stroke over five rounds.
The Reds didn’t get their first hit until Tyler Stephenson snatched second baseman Max Muncie for fifth. Later, the Dodgers finally broke through.
Austin Barnes advanced from sixth against Green by one song. Turner followed by hitting the fastball 1-1 halfway up the stands in left field for the first time on home soil this season.
Freeman followed him with a penalty but made it to first base on Stephenson’s pass. Justin Turner has emerged and has replaced Reds Green coach David Bale with right-handed Buck Farmer.
The Dodgers added two more strips, one of them Charged to Greene, when Chris Taylor hit a two-stage single.
“He wasn’t really going to give us anything, so we had to earn it,” Turner said. “He kept us in the first 5 and a half innings and finally got to him. But he’s really good and I’m glad we got the win.”
Green (1-1) gave up three runs (two got) five hits in 5 1/3 innings, with no walks and six hits. He threw 80 throws.
The Reds lost their fifth game in a row – their last win came last Sunday when Green made his major league debut in Atlanta.
At first, Green said he cried on the bench in the third inning.
“I didn’t cry, it was just a poor choice of words,” he said with a laugh. “I was a little torn.
“I was sitting on the bench and it randomly hit me. I think I looked up and I could hear and feel the roar…Here, it’s a completely different atmosphere. And being here at Dodger Stadium as a kid, I think all of these factors played into that moment.”
The grand stage did not shake it in the stadium. Even a home run from Turner came on the field at the edge of the board.
“It usually takes a little longer to find (the calm) for a young player,” Bale said. “He’s going to have his moments, but getting the experience he’s got accelerates that development.”
Freeman added a sacrifice fly on the seventh to make the score 5-0.
Orias walked one and hit five. He was in the 92 mph range with his Fast Bowl after sitting in 91 in his first season. Still down from his average speed of 94 mph during the 2021 season was a win.
The Reds climbed to the scoreboard in ninth place with an RBI penalty kick by Taylor Naquin and an RBI song by Tommy Pham from loyalist Mitch White.
Daniel Hudson earned two games in his first save of the season.
Evan Phillips won (1-1) in a negative sixth game.
The Reds have sent right-hand man Riley O’Brien to Seattle to name a player or get paid. O’Brien was set for the assignment on Wednesday to make way on the 40-man roster for left-handed Nick Ludlow.
REDs: INF/Of Nick Senzel was put on the list of people infected with COVID-19 on Friday, although Bell said Senzel did not test positive. Senzel started feeling ill before Friday’s game. RHP Daniel Duarte of Triple-A Louisville has been called. … While 2B Jonathan India’s hamstring strain continues to improve, the Reds will wait until Sunday to decide whether an IL move is necessary.
Dodgers: RHP Tommy Kahnle, who has only had one major league game since 2019 after undergoing Tommy John’s surgery, performed his third consecutive goalless rehab at Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday.
Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (1-0, 1.00 ERA) started for the third time in the season at the series finale on Sunday. He is 2-1 in four games against the Dodgers with a 2.05 ERA.
The Dodgers: LHP Andrew Heaney (0-0, 0.00) will play at home with his new team for the first time after throwing 4 1/3 goalless innings in Minnesota on Tuesday.