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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Despite Good Outing, Jackson Stephens Goes Back To Louisville

All Jackson Stephens did in his Major League debut was beat the defending World Champions on the mound and with the bat.

He allowed just three runs in five innings.  His bases loaded single drove in the tying and winning runs in a 5-3 victory.

It earned him an all expense paid trip to Louisville.

Before the head shaking begins, this move was pre-ordained.  The Reds placed Brandon Finnegan on the 60-day disabled list which will keep him out of action until at least September.

The Reds purchased the contract of Asher Wojociechowski from Louisville.

The Reds need to add to the bullpen for the upcoming road trip that puts them in Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies the next four games and the Arizona Diamondbacks leading up to the All-Star game.

“We had a pretty good idea,” Bryan Price said Sunday morning. “If he goes out and throws a no-hitter or complete-game shutout, you still probably have to do it. We talked about it after the game yesterday, that it’s still the right move to make, to go on the road with extra bullpen help. He’s a candidate to be added to our rotation coming out of the All-Star break”

Stephens remains in the Reds plans with his impressive outing.

He gave up three runs in the third inning on Saturday with a home run to Jon Jay, a walk and a home run to Willson Contreras.

“I’ve seen him in spring training, but that’s really all I saw of Jackson. Glimpses here and there. I heard a lot good things about him. (scouts) said this kid really knows how to compete and throw strikes. I was optimistic he would throw the ball over the plate.” Price said. “What impressed me were the two innings after the three-run third. I think he got a hair cautious with his location after that and gave up the two-run homer to Contreras. The last two innings he really locked it down. That showed me more than anything, being able to rally from that. He’s been on our radar for some time as a prospect. It’s real easy to crash and burn (in MLB debut) and he didn’t He held his own.”

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