Hanhold Shakes Off Nerves To Impress in MLB Debut

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With rosters expanding for the month of September, the Mets decided to add a few players to their roster. One of them, Eric Hanhold, made his MLB debut last night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jason Vargas was already removed from the game in the fourth inning which allowed for Hanhold to get his first MLB appearance in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Hanhold, 24, faced Manny Machado to start off his career and was able to get him to ground out to Wilmer Flores at second base for his first MLB out.

The right-hander would run into some trouble, though, as he would allow a single to Matt Kemp followed by a hit-by-pitch to David Freese.

However, Hanhold would calm down and get Enrique Hernandez to ground out to Amed Rosario and then strike out Chris Taylor to end the inning and escape the jam.

Hanhold would get one more batter to work with, in the top of the sixth, as Max Muncy would pinch-hit for Austin Barnes. Muncy would fly out and Mickey Callaway would bring in Daniel Zamora to end Hanhold’s day.

In total, Hanhold completed 1 1/3 innings in which he allowed no runs, one hit, no walks, and one hit-by-pitch while striking out one batter. He topped out at 97 MPH on the radar gun last night as well.

The Tennesse native spent time across four levels in 2018 in which he went 5-3 with a 4.20 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 57 strikeouts in 35 appearances (49 1/3 innings pitched). He spent the most time (17 appearances) at Double-A Binghamton where he had a 2.84 ERA. However, his highest level was Triple-A Las Vegas where he had a 7.11 ERA in 14 appearances.

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