In an emotional homecoming, Hunter Greene sets records at Dodger Stadium – The Athletic

LOS ANGELES — Sitting on the bench on the first base side of Dodger Stadium in the top third of the third inning, Reds newcomer Hunter Greene broke down in tears.

He had already beaten three batsmen, including Freddie Freeman, in his first two innings, but a lifetime of experience at this stadium shaped him.

“It happened to me by accident,” Greene said. “I think I looked up and you could just hear the roar and the feel of it. That’s the crazy thing about the game. Of course you don’t get those feelings in the lower leagues, but it’s a very different atmosphere up here. Just for being here at Dodger Stadium as a kid, I think all of those factors contributed to this moment.

It would be easy to overlook it, or even dismiss the thought of that kind of feeling, for there seemed to be no nervousness, no fear, no sentimentality on the Hill. Greene knocked out six batsmen in his second big league start and walked none in 5.1 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) and accepting the loss in the Dodgers’ 5-2 win.

But the emotions came. After retiring back into the game on the bench in the third, he captured the mound late in the inning and after a leadoff single from Cody Bellinger, he retired the next three batters, including a strikeout from Trea Turner. It took him just 40 pitches to get through the first 10 hitters of the vaunted Dodger lineup and faced just one over the minimum. In an emotional homecoming, Hunter Greene sets records at Dodger Stadium – The Athletic

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