Storm Rally in 7th Quenches Blaze

No one knows for sure what challenges lie in the path of Tony Cingrani's career as a pitcher, but it's looking like California League hitting will not be among them. The 22 year-old soutpaw has yet to allow more than one run in his eight starts this season. Last night he struck out twelve batters in six innings without issuing a walk.

Lake Elsinore rode a five run seventh to a 6-3 win over visiting Bakersfield to take a 2-0 lead in their three game series. Storm starter Donn Roach is now 7-0 with a 1.69 while pitching for two California League teams this season. Donald Lutz and Theo Bowe each had two of the Blaze's six hits. Lutz pushed across his league-leading 36th RBI while Bowe has gone 9-16 since his promotion from Dayton.

Southpaw Tony Cingrani had another strong outing despite allowing his second home run of the season. He limited the Storm to one run on five hits over six innings. Storm batters were no doubt happy to see him leave the game in the seventh with a 2-1 lead because he already struck out twelve of them without a walk. Brooks Pinckard was charged with all five runs in the seventh and took the loss.

Bakersfield has already lost one of its top pitchers to promotion in Kyle Lotzkar. He was put on a fast track to make up for time missed when he had Tommy John surgery. After eight starts one has to wonder how much longer Cingrani will remain at the single-A level. The southpaw has yet to allow more than one earned run in a game while pitching in the hitter-friendly California League. He has a 0.76 ERA while limiting opponents to 28 hits over 46 innings. The 22 year-old has exhibited outstanding command since beginning his professional career last season. Even though his 65/10 K/BB ratio is impressive, it's less than half of his ratio at Billings last season.

Cingrani was a relief pitcher while in college at Rice. Because of that the Reds have been careful to limit his innings pitched. That's been the only thing resembling an obstacle since he started racing through the lower levels of the Reds system, skipping low-A altogether. It will be interesting to see how he fares against more disciplined hitters at higher levels. He is doing all he can to make that match-up happen sooner rather than later.

Other News from the Farm:

Louisville lost 5-3 at Rochester. They dropped three of a four game set against the Red Wings and will begin four game set at Lehigh Valley tonight. Jeff Francis allowed four runs in five innings and took the loss. Felix Perez went 3-4 with his first home run. He is now 6-12 over the last three games.

Pensacola scored a go-ahead run in the fourth and held on for a 2-1 win at Jacksonville. Yordanys Perez had two hits for the Wahoos and drove in both runs. Joel Guzman added two hits and scored a run. Tim Gustafson got the start and the win by limiting the Suns to one run on two hits in 5 2/3 innings. Donnie Joseph retired all four batters he faced to get his eighth save.

Billy Hamilton Theft Watch:

Hamilton failed to reach base last night and now has 39 steals in 38 games.

Dayton ended a five game skid with a 3-2 win at Bowling Green. Former reliever Dan Jenson made his third start and went six innings while allowing two runs on four hits. The 6'8" right-hander out of the University of Cincinnati won his second game and dropped his ERA to 2.43. Ryan Wright had two of the Dragons' seven hits.

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