Reineke Throws 7 Scoreless in Bats Loss

Incredibly the Reds rotation did not miss a start all of last season. That streak has already ended this year when Tony Cingrani replaced injured Johnny Cueto. Chad Reineke had a shutout appearance last night and the Louisville rotation appears ready if a second call is needed.

Louisville lost a 1-0 home game to Gwinnett to fall below .500 after a strong pitching performance by Chad Reineke. The minor league veteran tossed seven shutout innings allowing five hits and a walk while striking out four. Recently promoted Curtis Partch took the loss in his AAA debut by pitching the final two innings and allowing the game-winner in the ninth. Bats' bats were silent on the night, mustering only three hits. Neftali Soto and Denis Phipps each arrived safely twice with a hit and a walk.

The 31 year-old Rieneke is now in his tenth minor league season since Houston drafted him out of Miami University of Ohio in 2004. He re-signed for a fourth season in the Cincinnati organization and now he's sitting on a 3-0/0.42 ERA/0.969 WHIP and 15/5 K/BB over 21+ innings. He moved into the rotation after the promotion of Tony Cingrani and took his second start last night after making a couple of four-inning relief appearances.

Reineke finished with a mid-four ERA last season after keeping it under four in his first two years at Louisville. He made his last MLB appearance for the Reds in 2011 and saw action in five games for the A's and Padres before that. Along the road during his professional career he was traded a couple of times, most notably for former all-star Randy Wolf in 2008. Now Wolf is out of baseball while Reineke is still working in the minors.

Last season workhorses in the Reds rotation left virtually no need from their AAA rotation and appeared even deeper coming into this season before speculation was ended that closer Aroldis Chapman would be converted into a starter. Now things have already changed in 2013 with Cingrani replacing injured Johnny Cueto and others are pitching like they're ready for the next call should the Reds need to dip deeper. In addition to Reineke, Pedro Villarreal has started off the season with a 2.52 ERA over four starts, veteran Armando Galarraga is under two, and Greg Reynolds is down to 3.22. The only member struggling is Daniel Corcino who has failed to pitch longer than five innings in any of his first four starts. That is expected to change however because Corcino is making his AAA debut at the age of 22 and is one of the top prospects in the Cincinnati organization.

Meanwhile the Reds rotation keeps rolling. Cueto's trip to the DL was the first start they've missed since 2011 and the only one of the 162 they didn't take last season was the back end of a doubleheader. Four of them threw over 200 innings in 2012 with sub-four ERA's. It was probably a bit too much to ask for that quintet to continue that for another entire season. After two starts Cingrani has been solid filling the first call. While the Reds are hoping a second one won't be needed, there is some competition at Louisville to provide one if it is.

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Washington jumped on Bronson Arroyo early and cruised to a 8-1 win behind Gio Gonzalez. With a six run lead and bases empty in the fourth inning the Nats felt like they could challenge Joey Votto and he responded with a solo home run. That turned out to be the only Reds hit of the game while Devin Mesoraco reached twice with walks. Arroyo allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits in six innings for the loss.

Pensacola also lost a low-scoring affair in a 2-1 game at Tennessee. Ryan LaMarre had a couple of hits and scored the Wahoos' run. Tucker Barnhart reached with a double and walk. Ryan Dennick had a quality start and took the loss after allowing two runs on five hits in six innings. Loek Van Mil threw a couple innings of scoreless relief to lower his ERA to 1.50.

Bakersfield allowed five runs in the fourth inning en route to a 9-3 loss at High Desert. Juan Silverio had a couple of hits and scored a run while Marquez Smith hit a solo home run and drew a walk. Kyle Waldrop provided the other Blaze run with a solo homer in the sixth. Tanner Robles took the loss with another rough start allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits and four walks in four innings. Kyle McMyne finished with a couple of scoreless innings of relief.

Dayton was the only Reds affiliate to win yesterday. The Dragons scored five in the third inning and cruised to an 11-5 decision over visiting Peoria. Sal Romano got the win after allowing one run on six hits in five innings. Alejandro Chacin finished with a scoreless inning to drop his ERA to 1.59. Beau Amaral led the way offensively with three hits and three runs including a two-run homer in the third. Zach Vincej, Junior Arias, and Robert Ramirez added a couple of hits each with the latter two recording a couple of RBi. Jeff Gelalich had a hit and also drove in two. Jesse Winker and Joe Hudson both reached safely twice via a hit and walk and scored once with and RBI.
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