LHP Tony Cingrani started for the Reds on Thursday and got his first major league win with a five-inning effort where he allowed a run on five hits. Cincinnati routed the Marlins 11-1 with the only Marlins run coming on a fourth-inning homer by Justin Ruggiano.
Cingrani’s counterpart, fellow phenom Jose Fernandez, didn’t fare as well, getting chased from the game after giving up 5 runs on 6 hits and 3 BB over 4 IP.
A reliever at Rice, Cingrani was drafted in the 3rd round in 2011 and put up solid numbers at three minor league levels before getting a September callup in 2012. He entered the season as MLB.com’s 66th ranked prospect and Baseball America ranked him at #82.
In his 2013 MLB debut tonight, Cingrani threw 102 pitches, 65 for strikes, and had 8 strikeouts. The Reds spotted him a 1-run lead in the bottom of the third but the Marlins tied it right back up with Ruggiano’s homer the next half inning. A 4-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth ended Fernandez’ night and gave Cingrani all the breathing room he would need.