Of a many surprises Friday night during Great American Ball Park — a misfortune offense in a National League scoring 11 runs, that same group floating an 8-0 lead and losing 12-11 in 11 innings and 5 relievers from one of baseball’s best bullpens mixing to concede 9 runs — there was this: Nick Senzel wore Matt Kemp’s boots in his big-league entrance for a Cincinnati Reds.
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“It was a prolonged story,” Senzel said. “I don’t unequivocally have many of my stuff. we let Matt steal a span of my eyeglasses in open training, and he let me have some shoes.”
That was a teenager footnote for Senzel, who had an dusk to remember on a night to forget for a Reds. They had a 99 percent win probability, according to BaseballReference.com, after holding an 8-0 lead in a third inning yet mislaid a opener of a four-game array and fell to 13-19. The diversion enclosed 30 hits, yet zero by Joey Votto, who went 0-for-7 for a second time in his career, and took 4 hours and 29 mins to play.
Senzel, who was promoted from Triple-A Louisville on Friday, went 1-for-5 with dual walks. He started in core margin and strike second.
“I’ll take it,” Senzel said. “It was usually good being out there. we was happy with some of a at-bats we had, generally battling behind and observant a lot of pitches and sketch a integrate walks. we was sincerely happy with many of my at-bats.”
Giants core fielder Kevin Pillar attacked Senzel of a bloop singular with a shifting locate in a initial inning, yet Senzel had fitness on his side in a ninth when he strike a dribbler down a third-base line and it stopped in a weed before a Giants could margin it. After a game, he wasn’t certain if anyone had grabbed a round from his initial strike yet was positive it was on a table of hall manager Rick Stowe.
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Despite a result, Senzel raved about a knowledge of personification in a Major League Baseball diversion scarcely 3 years after a Reds drafted him out of a University of Tennessee with a No. 2 altogether collect in 2016. He perceived a shrill acclaim from a throng of 23,728 when he strike in a initial inning.
“I dreamed about it, yet it was zero like that,” Senzel said. “It was flattering surreal walking adult to a image conference my name and how a throng reacted was unequivocally special to me. we know they’ve upheld me given we got drafted and usually to come this distant and for a city of Cincinnati to have my behind like this, it was unequivocally romantic and unequivocally special.”
Senzel upheld his initial exam in core field, a position he started to learn in open training, by chasing down a prolonged fly round on a warning lane and creation an over-the-shoulder catch.
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Senzel was a initial rookie to entrance for a Reds this season.
“He finished some good plays in a outfield,” Reds manager David Bell said. “His athleticism and speed showed adult in a diversion tonight, yet some-more than anything, it’s usually a special night. It would have been good to win, yet I’m certain it’s a night he’ll remember for sure.”
Senzel joins an outfield featuring a series of struggling hitters. Jesse Winker’s attack .243 yet leads a group with 8 home runs. Yasiel Puig is attack .188. Matt Kemp is on a harmed list with a damaged rib, so his normal is stranded during .200. Scott Schebler’s normal fell to .123 when he grounded out with a bases installed to finish a ninth inning.
Bell isn’t certain if Senzel will continue attack in a No. 2 mark — he strike there in partial since Eugenio Suarez took a designed day off — yet he expects him to be a unchanging in a lineup not usually this deteriorate yet for years to come. Senzel turns 24 in June.
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“When we demeanour during Nick, we demeanour during somebody who’s going to be a partial of this group and a partial of this classification hopefully for a prolonged time and minister for many years,” Bell said. “Of course, it’s good to get off to a good start. We design that. He’s ready. He’s healthy. At a same time, I’m vehement to demeanour behind 10 years from now, saying, ‘Wow, demeanour during what this guy’s done.’ That’s a approach to keep it in perspective.”
Senzel should have copiousness of viewpoint after an eventful 4 seasons in a minors. He overcame vertigo in 2017 and again in 2018, a damaged finger that cost him many of a 2018 deteriorate and many recently a sprained ankle that deferred his 2019 debut.
“He’s a tough kid,” pronounced Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams. “We knew that about him during Tennessee behind when we were examination him play in college. He muscled by all of this a approach we would wish him to respond. The initial time he got harmed final year and missed a poignant duration of time, it took a lot some-more out of him than it did as time went on. The setbacks he suffered this year, he strike them conduct on. He showed adult a subsequent morning in a training room prepared to go.”