Pensacola Loses 5th in a Row

As the Reds look to reload their shortstop pipeline one of the top names emerging is Devin Lohman. He comes from a program that has some impressive infielders now in the major leagues. Lohman has steadily moved up the Cincinnati system since they drafted him in the third round in 2010.

Pensacola allowed three runs in the fourth inning and another four in the sixth to visiting Montgomery as the Biscuits moved one game closer to sweep of their five-game series with an 8-3 win. The two teams will play the finale Sunday at Blue Wahoo Field.

The fish had a brief lead after their first three batters of the game singled, but they managed only one run and left the bases loaded. Later they plated two more on a couple of solo home runs by Devin Lohman who was perfect on the night, going 3-3 with two walks. Brodie Greene and Travis Mattair added a couple of singles each. Bryson Smith reached safely with a single and two walks while Ray Chang reached twice with a hit and walk. On the mound starter Josh Smith picked up the loss by allowing three runs on three hits and a walk over five innings while striking out six. Chris Manno was roughed up for four runs in one inning pitched and Josh Ravin threw a scoreless ninth.

With the removal of promoted Zach Cozart, traded Didi Gregorius, and now-center fielder Billy Hamilton, Lohman is one of the top prospects remaining in the Cincinnati shortstop pipeline. His outburst yesterday raised his average to .244/.320 OB/.422 SLG. He's coming off a .257/.353 year at Bakersfield where he provided good power for a middle infielder with fourteen home runs while slugging over .400.

Cincinnati acquired Lohman in 2010 when they selected him in the third round out of Cal St. Long Beach. He played at second base for the Blaze last year before Hamilton's promotion. Unfortunately when the moved back to shortstop he was plagued by a high error rate that removed him from the position earlier. He's been charged with eight miscues in 25 games for Pensacola this season and 68 in 223 games over his professional career. He has a strong arm but his range is a bit low for the position, with a range factor under four per game.

At the plate he's been walking in around 10% of his appearances which provides the nice AVG/OB differential and strikes out around once every 5.5 PA on average. He projects more as a bottom-lineup hitter but could be a number two type if he can make good contact as he moves to higher levels. It will be interesting to see if he can maintain the double-digit home run rate now that he's left the higher elevation venues of the California League. Thus far he has three in 26 games for the Wahoos.

Lohman hails from a college program that has been making a reputation for prepping infielders for the major leagues (Troy Tulowitzki, Evan Longoria, Danny Espinosa). His arm strength gives reason that the defensive game will come around. He's now trying to beat a rap that his power is limited to gaps, but either way his bat could provide value to a major league lineup. He also brings good speed to the base-paths and swiped 34 bases for Bakersfield last season. The Reds thought enough to invest a high draft choice in him and now that they're reloading at the position he looks to force his way atop the list.

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The Reds came back with a three run rally in the eighth to take another win against the Cubs by a score of 6-4. Shin-soo Choo launched the first pitch of the game over the left field wall and tied the game at two in the second by walking and scoring on a hit by Zach Cozart. The game-winning rally came from four walks, a hit batsman, bloop single, and two sac flies. Joey Votto had a couple of hits and the team drew eight walks, two each by Cozart and Xavier Paul. Tony Cingrani got the start and was victimized by a couple of Alfonso Soriano home runs. He got no decision after allowing four runs on three hits in six innings while fanning five and walking one. Logan Ondrusek threw a scoreless seventh inning and picked up the win. Jonathan Broxton shut out the eighth and Aroldis Chapman closed the ninth for the save.

Louisville also came back in their eighth inning to plate two and win 6-5 at Buffalo. The Bats got scoring started with four runs in the fourth inning including a three-run homer by Henry Rodriguez. Emmanuel Burris put his team ahead with a two-run single in the eighth. Nevin Ashley reached safely three times from two singles and a walk with an RBI and run scored. Billy Hamilton had two hits and a run. Kristopher Negron had a hit and a walk while Josh Fellhauer walked three times. Pedro Villarreal got no decision from allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk over five innings while striking out seven. Nick Christiani came in to record the last out of the seventh which timing for him to pick up a win. Jose Arredondo finished with two shutout innings for the save.

Bakersfield fell behind by three in a 3-2 loss at Modesto. Blaze bats were limited to three hits in the contest. Carlos Conteras picked up the loss from a quality start, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks in six innings while striking out seven. El'Hajj Muhammad and Brian Pearly each threw a scoreless inning of relief.

Dayton cut their deficit to 2-1 after six innings before losing 6-1 at Kane County. Zach Vincej had two of the seven Dragon hits while Jesse Winker reached via a single and two walks. Starter Pedro Diaz was lifted in the fifth and took the loss with two runs allowed.

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