Former Farragut, UT player Nick Senzel gets ovation in MLB debut

Cincinnati Reds' Nick Senzel takes the field in the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Friday, May 3, 2019, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
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CINCINNATI (AP) — The crowd was energized for Nick Senzel’s debut. A pair of three-run homers by Derek Dietrich helped the Reds surge ahead by eight runs. It looked as though the San Francisco Giants were headed for yet another horrid outcome at Great American Ball Park.

Instead, the Giants pulled off an against-the-odds comeback, led by a player who’s been through one of his own.

Stephen Vogt hit a tying , two-out homer in the ninth inning, and Evan Longoria connected in the 11th for a 12-11 victory on Friday night that ended San Francisco’s streak of seven straight losses at Great American Ballpark since 2016.

Senzel played a small role in a wild game.

The second overall pick in the 2016 draft was called up and started in center field. Senzel got the loudest cheers in pregame introductions and went 1 for 5 with a pair of walks. He also got an ovation for running down a flyball on the warning track.

“I’ve been dreaming about it, and it was nothing like that,” Senzel said. “Walking to the plate, hearing my name being called, hearing the crowd — the city of Cincinnati having my back was something special.”

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