The Andrew Abbott Game.
Once news hit Twitter on Sunday morning that Andrew Abbott was being added to the ‘Taxi Squad,’ Reds fans were eagerly awaiting Andrew Abbott’s Major League debut.
Reds Nation would not have to wait long, as Abbott debuted Monday night wearing uniform number 41, a number previously worn by Reds legend, and fellow southpaw, Joe Nuxhall.
In a low-scoring affair, the Reds emerged victorious with a final score of 2-0. The game not only marked an end to the Reds’ four-game losing streak, but also showcased impressive individual performances.
Abbott faced a patient Brewers lineup in the first two innings, throwing 53 pitches. However, he quickly settled down and displayed remarkable composure. Abbott went on to pitch six innings, surrendering zero earned runs and striking out six Brewers’ batters. He allowed just one hit but did issue four walks.
Abbott achieved a historic milestone in the game, becoming the only left-hander in the modern era to toss six or more shutout innings with six or more strikeouts and no more than one hit allowed in his MLB debut.
Offensively, the Reds received a boost from Stuart Fairchild, who belted a home run to put the team on the scoreboard. Later in the game, Tyler Stephenson went opposite field for a much-needed home run to provide some run support.
The Reds’ bullpen proved to be equally effective in maintaining their lead. Buck Farmer took the mound in the seventh inning, pitching a scoreless frame. Lucas Sims followed suit in the eighth inning, shutting down the Brewers’ offense and preserving the Reds’ lead.
To close out the game, Alexis Diaz stepped onto the mound in the ninth inning and showcased his reliability, earning his 14th save of the year in as many opportunities, while striking out every Brewer he faced. The save is Diaz’s 19th straight without recording a blown save.
With this victory, the Reds put an end to their recent losing streak and look ahead to their upcoming series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Reds will host the Dodgers tomorrow at 7:10 pm, with Luke Weaver taking the mound for the Reds and Tony Gonsolin getting the ball for the Dodgers.