Hunter Greene lives up to the hype in MLB debut

ATLANTA – It has been a weekend-long coronation for the defending World Series champions in Atlanta with a banner unveiling on Thursday, a hoisting of the championship flag on Friday and the ringing ceremony on Saturday.

Sunday was a trip to the future of the Cincinnati Reds. The spotlight on this day belonged to Hunter Greene’s long awaited Major League debut.

There were times on Sunday when Greene more than lived up to the hype and beat six of the first 10 batsmen he faced. He threw 20 fast balls over 100 mph, reaching almost 102 mph on his fastest pitch. His shooter had good moves, a pitch he has developed throughout his minor-league career, and drew several swings and misses.

Greene was not as dominant at the end of his outing, giving up two homers, but it was a quality debut in a 6-3 win over Atlanta at Truist Park in front of 38,233 fans, which helped the Reds save a split in the fire. game series to open the season.

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