Tony Cingrani Impressive In Starting Debut
In a game that was set to be a pitching duel between young guns Tony Cingrani and Jose Fernandez at Great American Ball Park, it seems as if Fernandez forgot to turn around at the ten count to fire. Neither pitcher was expected to go too deep into this game, with both being young and on inning limits this season, but the end score of 11-1 was certainly unexpected.
While his pitch count (102) was high for his time on the mound, Cingrani and his quirky delivery showed composure by weaving in and out of jams throughout his five innings. The lone run he allowed was a home run by Justin Ruggiano in the fourth inning. Over the entirety of his start, Cingrani showed complete faith in his fastball to get the job done, which usually hit around 93 miles per hour and reaching 95 on some points. While a little uncharacteristically wild with three walks, Cingrani struck out eight hitters, all swinging, with six of them coming on fastballs, usually up in the zone. Cingrani finished his day striking out Greg Dobbs to end the fifth inning, and the offense and bullpen combined to secure his first career win.
Fernandez, on the other hand, found himself unable to work out of tough situations. After breezing through the first two and two-thirds innings only allowing a Joey Votto walk, back-to-back two-out singles by Shin-Soo Choo and Zack Cozart placed runners on the corners, a wild pitch during Votto’s second plate appearance gave Choo the opportunity to score. On that wild pitch, the ball ricocheted to catcher Rob Brantly, who was undecided on whether to keep it for a tag attempt or throw to Fernandez who was covering the plate. Brantly ended up caught in between, and made an errant toss under the glove of Fernandez. Although Fernandez got out of this jam, the fourth inning proved to be more difficult, allowing three runs in what turned out to be his final inning of work, and his first Major League loss.
Here are the final stats from both pitchers: