Anyone figuring Tony Cingrani’s momentum would slow will have to keep waiting. The Reds lefthander delivered another strong outing Monday in his sixth start for Double-A Pensacola, striking out nine over 6 2/3 shutout innings.
It would’ve been tough for Cingrani, 22, to encore his previous start, when he fanned 15 over eight scoreless innings on June 27, but he did extend his scoreless streak to 14 2/3 innings. Cingrani came out and retired the first 10 Jacksonville hitters he faced, though his control wasn’t as sharp the rest of the way. He walked four and gave up two hits over his last 3 2/3 innings, but he escaped unscathed each time and picked up his third Double-A win to improve to 3-1, 1.75 in 36 innings for Pensacola (Box Score).
Although Cingrani’s secondary pitched don’t blow scouts away, his low 90s fastball has some deception to go with the velocity, and Southern League hitters haven’t been able to solve him much better than California League hitters before them. Cingrani’s holding Double-A hitters to a .190 average, having allowed 24 hits in 36 innings. His nine strikeouts Monday gave him 118 in 92 2/3 innings between the two levels, and he climbed to second on the minor league strikeout list, trailing only the A’s Dan Straily (134). Cingrani retained his lead in the minors’ ERA race, dropping his to 1.36.