CINCINNATI — Daniel McCutchen turned in a solid major league debut today, especially considering he gave up a home run to the first batter he faced.
“He settled in and threw the ball really well after that,” manager John Russell said. “He was aggressive. His changeup really worked well for him. His fastball command was really good. I enjoyed watching him pitch. It was fun.”
McCutchen, who got a no-decision in the 4-3 loss, worked six innings and allowed three runs on five hits. The right-hander retired 10 of the final 12 batters he faced.
Reds rookie Drew Stubbs, who was called up from the minors 12 days ago, homered off McCutchen in the first inning. The two played against each other in college — McCutchen at Oklahoma, Stubbs at Texas. “There’s some of that OU-Texas rivalry in there,” McCutchen said. “I kind of shook that one off, got it out of the way, and tried to compete out there. Everyone who gave me advice said, ‘Don’t try to do too much. Don’t change anything. Do the same thing that got you here.’ In the first inning, I had the jitters going. But after that, I pitched exactly as I’ve been pitching: fastball, changeup, slider and trying to make them put the ball in play.”
When McCutchen was with Triple-A Indianapolis, he faced Stubbs, Drew Sutton, Darnell McDonald, Adam Rosales and Craig Tatum — all of whom were promoted from Louisville to the Reds. “There are a lot of them,” McCutchen said. “That was good. We had a good idea of (how to pitch against) them.”
• Andrew McCutchen’s 12-game hitting streak was snapped in the first game today.
• Seattle Times columnist Jim Moore apologizes, in a way, for an earlier column he wrote which pooh-poohed Ian Snell’s battle with depression.
• Lineups for tonight’s second game of the doubleheader:
PIRATES (53-76) — 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Delwyn Young 2b, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Ryan Doumit c, 5. Steve Pearce 1b, 6. Brandon Moss lf, 7. Ronny Cedeno ss, 8. Ramon Vazquez 3b, 9. Paul Maholm lhp
REDS (57-73) — 1. Drew Stubbs cf, 2. Paul Janish ss, 3. Joey Votto 1b, 4. Brandon Phillips 2b, 5. Scott Rolen 3b, 6. Jonny Gomes rf, 7. Darnell McDonald lf, 8. Corky Miller c, 9. Johnny Cueto rhp