CHICAGO — Former College of Idaho pitcher Riley O’Brien struck out two in his Major League debut, but also gave up a pair of earned runs in 1 and 1-3 inning to earn the loss, as the Cincinnati Reds lost 7-1 Tuesday to the Chicago White Sox and were eliminated from postseason contention.
The Reds (82-76) had won four straight but were knocked out of the NL playoff hunt mid-game when the St. Louis Cardinals beat Milwaukee to lock up the second wild card.
O’Brien, who was 7-7 with a 4.55 ERA in 23 games at Triple-A Louisville, started in place of Luis Castillo, who is on the family medical emergency list. He allowed two hits and had three walks to go with his pair of strikeouts.
Luis Robert hit two home runs and paced a four-homer attack, marking the 12th time the White Sox have hit at least four home runs in a game and tying a franchise record set in 2006. They have hit at least four homers in a game 10 times since June 30.
Robert hit a solo shot in the first off O’Brien and added a two-run shot in the eighth off Amir Garrett.