Left-handed pitcher Andrew Abbott (24-Cincinnati Reds) set a “major league first” in his big league debut, allowing one hit and no runs over six innings while striking out six.
Abbott earned the win in the Reds’ 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) opener against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 6 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Abbott, who was selected by Cincinnati in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2021 First-Year Player Draft, took the mound for the first time in his professional career.
Abbott did not allow a hit until the top of the fifth inning, allowing one run on six hits and four walks. He struck out six.
“Abbott is the first Cincinnati pitcher to throw six scoreless innings in his big league debut,” MLB.com said.
“Abbott also became the first left-handed pitcher to allow one or fewer hits, strike out at least six and not allow an earned run in six or more innings in his MLB debut, according to statistics provider Opta.” 안전놀이터
Abbott threw a fastball that topped out at 153 mph, mixed with a curve, sweeper, and changeup.
Cincinnati won 2-0, and Abbott earned the win in his debut.
After the game, Abbott told MLB.com, “I have a tough job ahead of me answering the mountain of congratulatory messages on my phone, but I lived a dream today,” he said, “It feels great. Throwing in front of a big crowd gave me an adrenaline rush and made me throw the ball harder.”
Abbott went 14-7 with a 3.45 ERA in three seasons in the minors.
After working his way up through the minor leagues to Rookie, Single-A, Double-A, and now Triple-A this year, Abbott made history in his first big league start.
“Abbott showed a lot today,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. But there’s a lot that he hasn’t shown yet,” said Cincinnati manager David Bell, who is looking forward to Abbott’s development.