Cincinnati Reds pitcher Andrew Abbott (24) is off to a “historic” start.
The right-hander pitched six innings of four-hit ball, striking out two and walking none in a 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, on Sunday. Abbott, who has earned wins in all three of his starts this season, has a zero earned run average. He hasn’t allowed a run in 17 and two-thirds innings.
According to ESPN, Abbott is the first pitcher since 1893 to go at least five innings in each of his first three big league starts without allowing a run. In 1893, the distance from home plate to the mound was adjusted to the current 18.44. “It’s a really cool record,” he said, “and I wouldn’t be where I am if I didn’t have a good team behind me. All the pieces are coming together. Hopefully we can keep the streak going now.” Cincinnati’s win on Sunday snapped a six-game winning streak and moved them into a tie for second place in the National League Central with a 35-35 record. The Reds’ recent surge has put them within a half-game of the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers.
Abbott was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 36th round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft. He went unsigned, attended the University of Virginia, and re-entered the 2021 draft, where he was selected in the second round, 53rd overall, by Cincinnati. Signed for $1.3 million ($17 million). Last year, he went 10-7 with a 3.81 ERA between Double-A and high Single-A in the minors. This season, he’s been solid at Triple-A, going 3-0 with a 3.05 ERA. He was called up to the big leagues on June 6 and has exceeded expectations since then.토토사이트
Abbott’s performance has been the “rain in the drought. Cincinnati had a starting ERA of 5.78, 28th out of 30 major league clubs. Their batting average is also 28th with a .287 on-base percentage. Abbott’s no-hitter was a welcome respite from the injury bug.