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Reds Michael Lorenzen Wins First Big League Game

The Cincinnati Reds top pitching prospect Michael Lorenzen won his first MLB game on Tuesday night after tossing six innings, allowing a run on three hits, walking three and striking out four.

Lorenzen was signed by the Reds in the 1st round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur draft from California State University Fullerton.

In 2013, Lorenzen traveled from Rookie ball up to Double-A, making stops along the way in Class-A, while appearing in relief in a combined 22 games, finishing 1-1, with a 3.00 ERA, four saves, and 19 strike outs in 21 innings.

Last season he became a starter with Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos and in 24 games, he was 4-6, with a 3.13 ERA, and 84 strike outs in 120.2 innings. Lorenzen was then promoted this season to Triple-A Louisville Bats and in 3 starts he was 2-1, with a 2.84 ERA, and 12 strike outs in 19 innings.

On April 29th, the Reds promoted their top pitching prospect to face the Milwaukee Brewers and in five innings he allowed three runs on eight hits, with one walk and five strike outs. The three runs came on three solo home runs.

On Tuesday, Lorenzen would break through and even though he did allow a solo home run to the Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte in the second inning, he settled down and kept the Pirates off the board to earn his first victory in his major league career.

The rookie pitcher also received help from his offense as both Todd Frazier and Marlon Byrd went yard in the Reds 7-1 victory.

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David Conde
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