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Major League Baseball players dream of the opportunity take a break from trying to hit 98 mph fast balls – with movement – from big league pitchers.
The opportunity to kick off a position player with little or no experience on the mound should make a hitter’s eyes light up and is a perfect opportunity to check the stats.
for Kyle Farmer, shortstop of the Cincinnati Redsthat opportunity came Thursday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs, and he failed with a big swing and a mistake.
The Reds led 15-5 in the eighth inning of the series finale between rivals NL Central. With the game out of the way, Chicago sent shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the mound to eat some innings.
Simmons uncorked a “heater” at 44 mph and Farmer came out empty.
Farmer ultimately picked a 47 mph fastball from Simmons on the third shot of the serve.
The big blow was a fun time, but Cincinnati ended up getting the last laugh, punching Chicago 20-5 to split the four-game streak.
It was a series full of fireworks. Cubs manager David Ross was kicked out of consecutive games and the teams exchanged words throughout the series.
On Wednesday, Chicago rescuer Rowan Wick went up and in with a 93 mph fastball against Reds first baseman Joey Votto at the bottom of eighth, resulting in Votto yelling at Wick as he headed for first base. base.
In the top half of the next inning, Cincinnati rescuer Hunter Strickland hit Chicago third baseman Patrick Wisdom, resulting in Ross being ejected from the game after walking out to protest.
“Joey (Votto) walks over to Wick, them hitting Wisdom, two referees wanting to argue whether they thought it was intentional or not and no one did, I just wanted to know why,” Ross told reporters after the game.
“Quite common when there’s a lot of jaws going on, for the refs to get together. They usually get it wrong on the warning side.”
Thursday, Wick and Votto were there again, exchanging words after Wick deleted Votto at the end of the seventh inning.
Ross was sent off for the second time in as many games after Chicago catcher Willson Contreras was hit with a pitch in the seventh inning.
“I’ll keep him in the referees,” said Ross, second The Chicago Tribune. “Much of it dates back to (Wednesday).”
The Reds and Cubs struggled out the gate with both clubs sitting well under .500 in the season.