Friday Leftovers: A Nod to the Big League Team

Donald Lutz, right, was the star in Sunday's thriller against the Brewers.

Donald Lutz, right, was the star in Sunday’s thriller against the Brewers.

For the first time in three weeks, the weekly Friday Leftovers are actually hitting the site on a Friday. What better day to unwind as the Wahoos sandwich an off day between the first and second half? Summer is hitting its stride as the Fish continue to add to the lineup, and we’ll have the skinny on Yorman Rodriguez and Matt Kennelly over the weekend. (For reference, you can catch every edition of the Field Guide by following the link.) Until then, HLS takes a look at the Reds and other news around the blogosphere as we warm up some Leftovers:

Why should I root for the Reds?

Blog Red Machine took an e-mail from a baseball fan in search of a favorite team and spun a fantastic story. Editor Steve Engbloom received a dispatch from a disillusioned Dodgers fan who wanted to find the perfect franchise, and she wanted an argument in support of Cincinnati. Posting this question on Facebook, Reds fans took to the story in a spectacular way, and the ending is something you need to see for yourself.

#CingraniFace

From Redlegs Review comes a new and (somewhat) disturbing trend emerging out of the Queen City. Tony Cingrani made a relief appearance on May 17 and made an oddly fierce face that took Twitter by storm. Maybe it’s the beard that strikes fear into the witnesses, but we’ll leave it in your hands.

Wahoos hosting Gators, Tide in 2014

Friend of the site Bill Vilona bears news from PNJ.com that spells excitement for college baseball fans. SEC aficionados along the Gulf Coast will be treated to their two favorite teams as both the Florida Gators and Alabama Crimson Tide are tabled to play at the Maritime Park in March 2014. Other teams include Southern Mississippi and Troy, respectively, in a pair of matches scheduled for March 4 and 25. Tickets go on sale in August for groups and December to the general public while showcasing a trio of local high school stars.

Highlight Reel: brief, at least until MiLB.tv comes around

Theo Bowe hits a bomb
This land is Yorman’s: Wednesday’s RBI triple

Big League Wahoos

Tony Cingrani, CIN: The left-hander has tossed four straight scoreless frames dating back to his start on June 11, transitioning to the bullpen as the Reds rotation returns to square one. During three relief appearances spanning 2.1 innings, Cingrani has allowed only one hit with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of six to one. In addition to recording a sub-three earned run average, the Reds are now 7-3 when Cingrani pitches.

Didi Gregorius, ARI: The shortstop’s struggles at the dish continue, garnering only one hit in his last ten plate appearances while scoring once. His defense remains stellar, however, as evidenced by this sliding stop against the Marlins.

Donald Lutz, CIN: Lutz hasn’t started since June 4, but his sixth-inning pinch-hit single plated two runs in a decisive victory against Milwaukee on Sunday. The German product is 2-for-4 in four games since the last edition of the Leftovers, joining the game late last night and grounding out in a 5-3 loss to the Pirates.

Curtis Partch, CIN: The reliever saw his major league ERA tick up to 2.45 in Tuesday’s bout in Pittsburgh, but he struck out three in the Reds’ 4-0 loss while allowing one earned run on one hit. Even though the Merced native walked three batters across two innings, batters are only batting a stingy .125 against Partch in four games with Cincinnati.

Snacks

>> Vote Reds (and write-in Didi) through July 4
>> The Blue Wahoos tossed a no-hitter one year ago Sunday
>> HLS got a 9/10 on this ESPN baseball rules quiz. Can you beat it?
>> Mark Sheldon: Lutz showing strides off bench as pinch-hitter
>> Mustangs win in Pioneer League Opening Day

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