Multiple injuries gave an unexpected call to Donald Lutz to make the jump from AA Pensacola to the…
3rd Inning Rally Lifts Pensacola
Lutz got nice pre-season publicity as he continues to strive to be the first German to play in MLB. Much of that attention came during spring training when he hit .277 with a couple of homers and twelve RBI in 47 at-bats. After eleven games his average is low (.211) but home runs cure a lot of ills and he has four dingers with eight RBI. He played first base last night but most of his action has been in left field where he has a couple of assists in eight games while running down sixteen putouts.
The presence of Joey Votto at the top of the first base pipeline likely influenced the decision to convert Lutz to the outfield. He started off strong last year and was leading the California League in homers before a foul ball off his foot put him on the DL. He returned with a promotion to Pensacola and struggled initially against AA pitching but improved at the end of the season to raise his average to .242 over forty games. Now big things are expected of the slugger during his return to the Southern League this year.
Other Organizational News:
Rain delayed the Reds game against the Phillies last night and finally suspended it in the bottom of the ninth inning. Homer Bailey and Kyle Kendrick were locked in a pitcher's duel and both teams were shut out on a couple of hits. Bailey was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth after striking out ten. Aroldis Chapman did his thing in the top of the ninth, again retiring the side in order with a couple of strikeouts.
It was also raining up the road in Columbus where Louisville's game was postponed.
Bakersfield continued to struggle and allowed five runs in the second inning in a 7-2 home loss to Inland Empire. 66er bats were hostile to starter Jonathan Moscot who was lifted in the fifth inning and charged with six runs for his third loss. Brian Pearl made his first appearance of the season and threw two scoreless innings of relief. Joe Terry made his second appearance of the season and had three hits including a two-run double that's plated the first runs of the game in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Juan Perez had two doubles, two walks, and scored a run. Ryan Wright reached safely twice via walks.
Dayton dropped to 3-8 at Lake County as the Captains cruised to a 10-4 win. Jeff Gelalich and Junior Arias each had two of the Dragon's seven hits and both scored in the second inning to give their team a brief lead after a home run by Arias. Starter Wandy Peralta was lifted in the fourth and charged with six runs (five earned) for the loss. Alejandro Chacin and Sean Lucas combined for two plus scoreless innings of relief. Chacin has not allowed a run in almost seven innings pitched.
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