CINCINNATI (WANE) – Bishop Luers graduate Kevin Kiermaier made a defensive gem but went hitless in the first start of his Major League career for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Called up from Triple-A Durham on Friday, Kiermaier started in center field and batted sixth for the Rays in Cincinnati.
Kiermaier went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts at the plate. He was robbed of his first MLB hit in the fourth inning when Gold Glove second baseman Brandon Phillips of the Reds dove to his left to snare a hard line drive and throw Kiermaier out at first.
However, turnabout was indeed fair play as in the bottom half of the fourth Kiermaier made a game-saving play on defense. With Joey Votto on second Phillips singled into center and Votto was waved home. Kiermaier’s strong throw beat Votto to the plate and the All-Star first baseman was called out.
The outfield assist from Kiermaier actually ended up being the game-saving play for the Rays, who led 1-0 at the time and went on to win by that same score.