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Lorenzen had CG at Louisville

For a player who was demoted to Triple-A, pitcher Michael Lorenzen did exactly what he needed to do in his first start by having success. Actually, Lorenzen did more than just have success on Sunday for Louisville. He threw the first complete game of his professional career.

Lorenzen went the distance for a four-hit shutout of Norfolk for a 4-0 win. He allowed one walk with one strikeout.

Reds manager Bryan Price was pleased with the reports, because Lorenzen not only threw strikes but also had a good variety of pitches that he commanded well. Before going down, Lorenzen was 0-6 with an 8.49 ERA in eight starts since his last victory on Jume 21, including a 12.57 ERA in five second-half starts.

“Really exactly what he needed, probably, was a mental break and a chance to go and really focus on pitching and not worry about the things that tend to cloud a young player’s head when things aren’t going well,” Price said on Tuesday. “Certainly he had speculation wondering if he would stay in the rotation, if he would stay in the big leagues, what did he need to do to be successful as a big league starting pitcher? I think he just needed to tap the brakes a little bit, get collected and get back to throwing the ball the way he’s capable of throwing it.”

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Game 117: Royals at Reds

  

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Game 116: Reds at Dodgers

First pitch at 4:10 p.m. ET

Phillips 4
Suarez 6
Votto 3
Frazier 5
Bruce 9
Byrd 7
Barnhart 2
DeSclafani 1
Hamilton 8

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Game 115: Reds at Dodgers

Phillips 4
Suarez 6
Votto 3
Frazier 5
Byrd 9
De Jesus Jr. 7
Pena 2
Holmberg 1
Hamilton 8

first pitch: 9:10 pm ET

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It’s raining southpaws?

After John Lamb’s start on Friday, David Holmberg will get the ball for the Reds on Saturday vs. the Dodgers. Big deal, you say?

It registers a little at least because it will mark the first time that the Reds have started lefties back-to-back since 2011. That was Dontrelle Willis and Travis Wood.

Did manager Bryan Price like injecting some southpaw pitching into his rotation?

“I like to have five starters that get people out. You know my stance on that,” Price said on Friday. “I like guys that consistently give us a chance to win. Our best rotations in my time here were 2012 and 2013 and that included the same five and they were all right-handed. And they were a very good, special group. Truth be told, I think it’s nice to have some lefties in there.

“There are certain times you’d like to have that left-handed element in there for certain things.”

Game 114: Reds at Dodgers

Phillips 4
Suarez 6
Votto 3
Frazier 5
Bruce 9
Byrd 7
Pena 2
Lamb 1
Hamilton 8

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More on Lamb, Lorenzen

You can read my full John Lamb call-up story here:

http://atmlb.com/1J3wHzE

But I also have some added elements that I was unable to include in the story. Lamb was once the Royals No. 1 prospect until he needed Tommy John surgery on his elbow in 2011. This year, however, he has put it all together again.

“He’s just getting back on top of his game again for the first time this year as far as maintaining the quality of his velocity and his pitch quality and has become the type of pitcher that will regain the form he had in 2010,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We’re very excited. We’re getting a kid with his best years ahead of him. Really going to take a hard look at him as a piece in the rotation going forward.”

Before leaving, Lorenzen threw a bullpen session here at Dodger Stadium and was very pleased. He used some suggestions provided by his agent, Scott Boras, during a meeting on Wednesday.

“With my other pitches – my slider, changeup and curveball – I trust that I can throw it. When it comes to my fastball, there’s ‘don’t miss here,’ or ‘just throw it over the plate,’ rather than going through the process,” Lorenzen said. “Scott told me that last night. He’s such a knowledgeable person. It was good to sit down and talk to him about it. It was perfect timing, especially that the lord puts everything together for a reason. I’m going to go down to Triple-A and I’m not going to be searching. I’ll just apply what I learned last night and what happened tonight and do my thing down there.”

Lamb to debut on Friday

The Reds announced that LHP John Lamb will be called up Friday from Triple-A Louisville to make his Major League debut vs. the Dodgers.

Michael Lorenzen will be coming out of the rotation, but no roster move has been made as of yet.

The rotation order is this:

Thurs: Sampson
Fri: Lamb
Sat: Holmberg
Sun: DeSclafani
Mon: OFF DAY
Tues: Raisel Iglesias (vs. KC)

The Reds acquired Lamb and fellow lefty prospects Brandon Finnegan, and Cody Reed from the Royals for Johnny Cueto on July 26.

Lamb is 10-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 20 Triple-A starts this season for Omaha and Louisville. In 111 1/3 innings, he has 94 hits, 36 walks and 117 strikeouts.

When he pitches, Lamb will be the seventh different Reds player to make his Major League debut — and the sixth starting pitcher.

The Reds have assigned Lamb No. 47, Cueto’s old number.

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Game 113: Reds at the Dodgers

Phillips 4
Suarez 6
Votto 3
Frazier 5
Bruce 9
Byrd 7
Barnhart 2
Sampson 1
Hamilton 8

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‘Just a day’ for Phillips

Brandon Phillips got a rare day off from the Reds starting lineup on Wednesday as Ivan De Jesus Jr. started vs. the Padres. Phillips is batting .330 (33-for-100) since the All-Star break, including 6-for-19 on the road trip.

Manager Bryan Price said there was nothing wrong with Phillips, who last had a day off on June 30. He also didn’t start one game of a day-night doubleheader on July 22.

“Just a day. I was trying to look ahead,” Price said. “He’s been on quite a run of consecutive games played. I gave him a heads-up a few days ago that I was going to pick out a game. I think he feels good. It’s just a good idea and I can rotate De Jesus around a bit as well.”

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