The Royals called up Carlos Hernandez the other day when they traded Trevor Rosenthal. The 10-1 lose to the Indians was the first chance Mike Matheny used to bring in Hernandez to make his MLB Debut.
With starter Matt Harvey struggling in the second inning, Hernandez got loose. He was in two batters later with one out on the board and losing 5-0. The Indians had Cesar Hernandez on second and Jose Ramirez on first. The first batter Hernandez faced was superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor. The first pitch he threw Lindor swung at and fouled off. The pitch registered 95.7 mph. Lindor hit a soft fly ball to Bubba Starling in center on the next pitch, a 95.4 mph fastball.
Carlos Santana worked a 3-0 count before blasting a 95.4 mph pitch deep to center. Off the bat it looked like it had a chance to leave the yard, but it didn’t carry and ended up on the track.
Franmil Reyes knocked the first hit (and the second later) off Hernandez when he roped a curve into left center for a single. After retiring Tyler Naquin and Josh Naylor, Roberto Perez became Hernandez’s first big league strikeout chasing a 1-2 curve for a swing strike three.
Hernandez threw another two scoreless innings giving him 3.2 on the night. He gave up 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 throwing 50 pitches. The hardest pitch he threw was a 97.3 mph fastball for ball three up above the zone to Delino DeShields.
Image from Sungwoo Lee’s screen grab on his twitter page, @Koreanfan_KC.