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A little over 14 months after suffering a life-threatening injury when he was struck in the head by a batted ball, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon made his major league debut Monday night a spectacular success.

The 26-year-old right-hander tossed seven no-hit innings against the Cincinnati Reds before he was taken out for a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth. 

Poncedeleon needed emergency brain surgery after he was hit in the right temple on May 9, 2017, while pitching for the Class AAA Memphis Redbirds. Doctors diagnosed a fracture to his skull, coupled with bleeding on the brain. He spent a week in intensive care after surgery, and was inactive for three months.

This season, Poncedeleon has been better than ever, posting a 9-3 record and 2.15 ERA for Memphis. With the Cardinals sending Luke Weaver to the minors on Sunday, Poncedeleon was promoted to make his MLB debut against the Reds.

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He allowed three walks, but otherwise kept the Reds in check, exiting for a pinch-hitter after 116 pitches.

The Reds broke up the no-hitter with a single by Phillip Ervin off Cards reliever Jordan Hicks with one out in the eighth, then won the game with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to deny Poncedeleon the victory.

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