Cleveland Indians shooter Shane Bieber became the first pitcher in major league baseball to score at least 10 strikes in each of his first four games of the season.
On Sunday, he did so 13 times in a 6-3 victory over the Reds in Cincinnati.
Bieber (2-1) worked eight innings, allowing three runs on six hits from a safe spot and handing out two free assists. He had used seven rivals in the mitten during the first six rounds of the job. He then opened the machine with six strikes in the next two rounds.
Native American endgame specialist Emmanuel Clase finished the job in the ninth. In the face of four blows, the 23-year-old had three strikes to sign his fourth save of the campaign.
When batting, all the winners’ points were produced by long balls. Jose Ramirez, Roberto Perez and Jordan Luplow were the authors.
In the record for the first two shots to the winners, Wade Miley (2-1) suffered defeat.
A first for Aaron Nola
Great on the mound, the musty Aaron Nola helped the Philadelphia Phillies defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 at Citizens Bank Park.
The 27-year-old worked all nine rounds, earning his first career stop in the major leagues.
Nola (1-1) gave only two hits from a safe place, and he passed 10 rivals in the mitten. He also signed his first victory in 2021, he who participated in a fifth duel this season.
Offensively, the Phillies signed the points in their first round. After a well-executed double play by Cards, Bryce Harper sent the ball out of bounds. It was his third home team in the current campaign.
Alec Bohm produced the second point for the winners. In the fifth round, he hit a sacrificial bullet that allowed Rhys Hoskins to hit the record.
It was the starter John Gant (0-2) who suffered the defeat. He worked in five innings and allowed the two points to the opponents. In total, he has given five hits and as many trips. The 28-year-old veteran also had five strikes.