Friday Leftovers: Lutz Debuts, Barnhart Goes Yard, Nut-Free in Louisville, and More
It’s finally Friday, and in the words of philosopher Rebecca Black, everybody is looking forward to the weekend. I can’t speak for your work situation, but it certainly hasn’t been an easy road for the Wahoos. Between a rain-soaked road series and return trip free of air conditioning, Pensacola (10-15) has lost three straight games and five of its last six. There’s plenty of time left to make a run for the division title before the all-star break in July, but that analysis is more fitting for another day. So set the table and grab a microwave-safe bowl: it’s time for the Leftovers.
Donald Lutz makes history
Blue Wahoos utility man Donald Lutz became the first German-developed player to reach the major leagues, capping an incredible success story highlighted earlier this week on HLS. Making his debut on Tuesday, Lutz grounded out to second base in his first at-bat and started for the Reds in left field two days later.
Barnhart rounds the bases
Though the Fish fell 2-1 Wednesday night, all was not lost. Catcher Tucker Barnhart smacked a solo home run into right field, defying the elements as heavy wind challenged batters all game long. Here’s the call from the radio booth:
The Louisville Bats aren’t nuts
From the Fox affiliate in Louisville comes an intriguing once-a-season story. WDRB-TV details an effort by the Triple-A Louisville Bats to recognize sufferers of food-related allergies. May 10 will mark Peanut Allergy Awareness Night, coordinated by Family Allergy and Asthma in union with the Bats. 2013 will be the third year that Louisville has hosted the game.
RR: What does Tony have left to prove?
Tony Cingrani’s whirlwind minor league career brought him to Pensacola twelve months after the draft and Cincinnati in twenty. While detractors cite an overreliance on fastballs and relative inexperience, Red Reporter defends the pitcher against these claims and more.
BRM: Jay Bruce and Twitter Might Consider a Divorce
Reds’ outfielder Jay Bruce has had enough with Twitter. After fans bashed the struggling slugger, Bruce took to the popular social media platform and posted a fiery response. Are the tweeters in the wrong, or does Bruce actually deserve criticism for his methods? Blog Red Machine investigates.