Garrett has brought his best to the mound in his first two big-league starts. He threw six scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory against the Cardinals on April 7 in St. Louis. He threw six scoreless innings Wednesday in a 9-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates before giving up a two-run home run to David Freese in the seventh.
With 12 scoreless innings to start his career, Garrett tied Billy Rhines (1890) for the second-longest scoreless streak to begin a career in Reds history. Wayne Simpson threw 15 straight to begin his career in 1970.
Garrett has performed like a veteran. He’s a big reason the Reds took a 7-2 record, their best mark through nine games since 1990, into the start of a 10-game homestand.
“I just look at it as I belong here,” Garrett said. “I expand my brain a lot more than just baseball. If keeping my composure is all I’ve got to do, if I give up a hit or a run, there’s bigger problems in the world. I just look at it as like I’m blessed.”
Garrett is one of 11 pitchers in baseball to start the season 2-0. Of those, only the Oakland A’s Andrew Triggs (0.00) and the Minnesota Twins’ Ervin Santana (0.69) have better ERAs than Garrett’s 1.42.
The Reds drafted Garrett, 24, in the 22nd round in 2012. He spent the entire 2014 season with the Dayton Dragons, finishing 7-8 with a 3.65 ERA. Last season, he moved up to Triple-A Louisville for the first time and was 2-5 with a 3.46 ERA in 11 starts.
Garrett was one of seven rookies on the Opening Day roster and he has learned enough in less than two weeks in the big leagues to know he wants to stay for a long time.
“It’s been awesome,” Garrett said. “It’s a dream come true. All the stories I’ve heard, everything is exactly what I’ve heard. Being in the big leagues is something special, and I’m enjoying every bit of it.”
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