Reds Finish Sweep

Lutz Plated Go-Ahead Runs with 1st MLB Homer

Multiple injuries gave an unexpected call to Donald Lutz to make the jump from AA Pensacola to the Reds recently. In a handful of games at the MLB level he's started out like he belongs and powered the Reds attack Sunday by plating their first three runs with a homer.

Cincinnati finished a three game sweep with a 5-1 win over Milwaukee Sunday at Great American Ball Park. Donald Lutz hit the first MLB home run of his career, a three-run shot that plated the first runs of the game in the third inning. It turned out that was all the Reds would need as Bronson Arroyo picked up the win after throwing six-plus shutout innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out five. They would eventually add on one run in the third inning and finish their scoring with a solo homer by Xavier Paul in the seventh.

It was a balanced attack for the Reds with no one reaching safely twice except Brandon Phillips who singled a got on by an error. Sam LeCure struck out the only batter he faced to end the seventh inning and Jonathan Broxton allowed an unearned run in the eighth. Aroldis Chapman racked up three more strikeouts while tossing a scoreless ninth, but the lead was too much for him to qualify for a save.

Lutz was not hitting for a high average before the second injury to the Reds outfield got him called up from AA Pensacola. However, after debuting he's looking like he belongs in the major leagues going 6-19 (.316) with a homer and five RBI. The Redleg outfield has already been bitten hard by the injury bug, but Paul, Lutz, and Derrick Robinson have filled in well during the absences of Ryan Ludwick and Chris Heisey.

Before the season the Lutz got some attention during a strong spring training, but one big question hanging over his future was his ability to convert from first base to the outfield while playing in the same organization with Joey Votto. He's athletic, but still his size (6'3"/250#) gave some concerns regarding his range. Thus far in five games in left field he's run eight putouts in 32 innings which is a rate above league average. It's not enough data to base an opinion, but not a bad start either. He actually caught that many in 23 innings before having none hit to him last night.

He probably doesn't have enough experience on his resume to keep him with the Reds when Heisey is ready to return, but then again there probably wasn't a lot expected from the AA player at the major league level in 2013. Now he can make a case for another call-up after roster expansion. The Reds are now 22-16 on the season and two games behind division leader St. Louis.

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Louisville plated six runs in the sixth inning amid a 12-2 blowout of Buffalo at Louisville Slugger Field. Henry Rodriguez stroked three hits for the second game in a row and finished the game with five RBI, including an run-scoring single in the third and a two-run double in the fifth to provide his team's first three runs. He also doubled in the final run in the sixth inning rally before Emmanuel Burris finished the Bats scoring with a three-run home run in the seventh. Josh Fellhauer added two hits while four Bats reached safely twice with a hit and walk: Billy Hamilton, Kristopher Negron, Burris, and Nevin Ashley. Armando Galarraga got the win for tossing seven scoreless innings, allowing only five hits without a walk while striking out six. He also lowered his ERA to 1.69.

Pensacola allowed five in the last inning in a 10-5 home loss to Chattanooga. Chad Rogers took the loss in a rare bad outing, allowing five runs in five innings. The Wahoos rallied for three in the third inning which included a solo home run by Ryan LaMarre, which cut their deficit to one. LaMarre finished with three hits and two walks. Brodie Greene and Danny Vicioso both added two hits and a walk. Devin Lohman singled and walked twice while Joe Mather drew two free passes. Drew Hayes relieved Rogers and kept his team close with a couple of shutout innings.

Bakersfield was shut out 5-0 in a home loss to Modesto. Blaze hitters combined for only five hits in the contest without a walk. Jon Moscot had a quality start, but still took the loss to fall to 0-6 on the year after allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk in seven innings while striking out eight.

Dayton fell behind by ten before losing 13-7 to Fort Wayne at Fifth Third Field. Jesse Winker had three hits and a couple of RBI while raising his average to .296. Five Dragons reached safely more than once in the contest: Jeff Gelalich (two hits/one walk), Beau Amaral (two hits), Seth Mejias-Brean (double, 2 BB), Tanner Rahier (1H/1BB) and brent peterson (2BB). Sal Ramono was victimized by errors before he was lifted in the fourth inning and was charged with eight runs (two earned) and the loss.

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