Cade Cavalli will have better days. The Washington Nationals‘ top pitching prospect made his highly anticipated MLB debut Friday against the Cincinnati Reds. The 24-year-old Oklahoma product labored through 99 pitches in 4 1/3 innings and got the hook after hitting his third batter with a pitch. He allowed seven earned runs, six hits and two walks while striking out six.
Whether it was nerves or the Washington humidity, Cavalli struggled with his grip on the baseball. Oftentimes he grabbed for the dirt, hoping to dry his hands. It led to an eventful first inning. He recorded his first two career strikeouts, threw 27 pitches, hit a batter and had a passed ball. All the while, shortstop CJ Abrams sailed a throw off a grounder past Luke Voit. By the end of the frame, Cavalli had allowed two runs.