It wasn't a work of art, but Robert Stephenson of the Cincinnati Reds has notched his first Major League victory. Stephenson, likely just making one start before being sent back to AAA Louisville was solid in his debut. He worked five innings, he threw eighty-seven pitches with fifty-seven of those being strikes. He allowed six hits, three earned runs, walked two with one strike out. An unearned run scored on an error by Jay Bruce, but he made up for the miscue with a huge offensive day. He hit two home runs with five RBI.
Stephenson outing was only marred by walk followed by a Ryan Howard crushing a home run over the centerfield wall. In the fourth inning, he surrendered a home run to Cedric Hunter. It was the first career home run by Hunter, who is back in the Major Leagues for the first time since 2011.
Stephenson has work to do in his overall game, but turned in a solid performance considering it was a debut outing. The weather was less than idea, but getting behind in the count at the big league level isn't where you want to be working from facing home run hitters like Ryan Howard. The Reds with an off day coming up in Chicago won't be in the need of a 5th starter, but could turn to Stephenson later in the month. Stephenson is the #2 prospect in the Reds organization.