Rain Brings Loss to Wahoos

Right-hander Kyle Lotzkar is one of the top pitching prospects in the Cincinnati organization. His development was put on hold for almost two years that included a Tommy John surgery that kept him off the mound for all of the 2009 season. After starting out the year strong at Bakersfield the Reds are looking to get the 23 year-old back on schedule at their higher minor league levels.

Pensacola trailed 3-1 in the bottom of the bottom of the seventh inning at Mississippi and that was the final score when rain cancelled the remainder of the game. Prospect Kyle Lotzkar made his debut at the AA level and took the loss despite turning in a quality start. He limited the Braves to three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks over six innings. The Wahoo offense was held to five singles, two off of the bat of Brodie Greene.

Lotzkar is one of the top pitching prospects in the Cincinnati system. His development was delayed when Tommy John surgery robbed his 2009 season. When he resumed his career the next year the Reds sent him back to Billings. He had no problems with Pioneer League hitters the second time around and spent 2011 at Dayton. This season he started out 3-0 with a 2.69 ERA in five starts at Dayton. It appears the Reds are ready to fast track him to higher levels to see how the 23 year-old fares against more developed hitters.

Lotzkar is a 6'4" Canadian right-hander who came to the Reds from a supplemental pick at the end of the first round of the 2010 draft. The Reds recognized the high ceiling on his potential before his promotion and made him the only single A pitcher on their 40-man roster. Prior to his call-up he showed good command of all his pitchers while posting a K/BB ratio of 245/83 in 204 innings over five years of A/Rookie level baseball. Given his history the main concern for him right now is durability. That might prompt the Reds to convert him to the bullpen in the future, but right now they're still interested in developing him as a starter.

The Blue Wahoos will try to even up the series tonight in game four of a five game set.

Louisville lost to Joel Pineiro and the Norfolk Tides 11-4. Every batter in the Bat lineup had one hit and Mike Costanza contributed two doubles. Sean Gallagher started the game and picked up the loss when he allowed five runs over five innings. The Bats have now lost nine of their last ten. They are still without Todd Frazier who kept a spot on the Reds roster after Miguel Cairo came off the DL. Willie Harris was outrighted to Louisville on Monday.

Donald Lutz's tenth home run of the season broke a tie in the top of the ninth at Lancaster last night and provided the margin of victory for Bakersfield in a 3-2 win. Andrew Means had two singles and drove in the Blaze's other two runs to lift his average over .300. Justice French, who was called up from Dayton to replace Kyle Lotzkar made his high-A debut a successful one. The right-hander threw six innings of shutout ball without factoring into the decision. He limited the SkyHawks to two hits and two walks while striking out four. Daniel Wolford blew his second save of the season and stayed in the game for his second win. Brian Pearl pitched a scoreless ninth to keep his ERA under 2 and get his sixth save.

Billy Hamilton Theft Watch:

Hamilton failed to reach base last night and his stolen base total stayed at 31 after 28 games.

Dayton made up for last night's rainout and split a double header with Ft. Wayne. Normally minor league games are reduced to seven innings for a doubleheader, but they played 16 in the first one before the TinCaps won 3-1. Steve Selsky had a double and a triple for the Dragons. Dan Jenson started his first game of the season in place of the promoted Justice French. He went four innings and allowed one run two hits and a walk. The bullpen gave them twelve scoreless innings before El'Hajj Muhammad allowed the game winner to pick up the loss in his second appearance of the season.

The Dragons salvaged a split in the nightcap 4-2. Selsky had another extra base hit when he got the Dragon scoring started with a two-run homer in the second inning. He also drove in the go-ahead run with a ground ball in the fourth. Radhames Quezada got his first win by allowing only two runs (one earned) over five innings. His ERA is down to 2.50 after seven starts. Brooks Pinckard threw two scoreless innings to record his first save. He's not allowed a run in nine innings since arriving from Bakersfield.

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