Bakersfield Hold on for Win

Bakersfield Hold on for Win

The Cincinnati organization is currently loaded with infield prospects at the lower levels. Second baseman Devin Lohman came into the organization out of Cal-Long Beach after he was drafted in the third round of the 2010 draft. Now in his third professional season the 23 year-old is answering some questions about his bat in a positive way.

Bakersfield opened a road trip with a win at Lancaster last night. The Blaze opened up a 9-0 lead after four innings and held on to win 9-6. Tony Cingrani got his fourth win of the season while striking out eight in six innings. He was tagged for a homer, but four of his five runs allowed were unearned. His ERA is now 0.53 after six starts. Curtis Parch pitched three innings of relief and got his first save. He's now carrying a sub-two ERA in five appearances since being demoted from Pensacola.

Devin Lohman got the scoring started with a two run homer in the top of first and went 2-4 with three runs on the night. Donald Lutz added three hits and a couple of RBI. David Vidal had three RBI with a home run and Tucker Barnhart added two doubles to the Blaze attack.

Lohman is now hitting .282 for the Blaze this season. The second baseman came into the Cincinnati organization from a third round pick in the 2010 draft. He was originally drafted by Colorado in 2007 but opted to go to California-Long Beach instead. While playing with the Dirtbags he developed into one of the top college shortstop prospects in the draft. He started off at short for the Reds when he began his professional career at Billings following draft, but 50 errors in 172 games later moved him over to second base for his 2011 season at Dayton.

During his second season he made it all the way to high-A. Overall he hit .272 with a .347 OB%. What was most impressive was his .331 average in the 39 games he played at Bakersfield. He came out of college with a reputation of above average speed and movement sufficient to play in the infield but some questions about his bat after switching to wood. Thus far in 2012 he's been answering those questions with a .383 on-base percentage. It was also expected that his power would be limited to gaps. Now at 23 years of age it seems that he's able to beat that rap a bit too. In his first full season as a professional he had ten home runs and he's slugging at .409 this season. Now he's looking more like a double digit HR contributor from a middle infield position.

Now that Lohman is in his third professional season he finds himself in a situation with a lot of competition for infield positions in the lower levels of the Cincinnati organization. He's been holding his own just fine so far. In someone else's system without other top shortstop prospects he could very well get more action at that position. Right now he's improving his prospect value as he aspires to climb the ladder toward the major leagues.

Other News from the Farm:

Louisville has now lost eight of their last nine games after dropping a 4-2 decision at Indianapolis. Jeff Francis allowed all four runs and took his fourth loss while pitching seven innings. Bill Rhinehart singled three times in the losing cause. The Bats open up a home stand against Norfolk tonight.

Pensacola tied their game in the ninth with an RBI walk before losing 3-2 at Mississippi in twelve. Joel Guzman got the scoring started with a solo home run in the second. He had two hits on the night while Brodie Greene added four. Mark Serrano made his first start of the season and allowed no runs on two hits while pitching five innings. Donnie Joseph contributed two more scoreless innings out of the bullpen to bring his ERA down to 0.56. Chris Manno came on to pitch the eleventh and allowed the game winner for his first loss.

Billy Hamilton Theft Watch:

Hamilton returned to the lineup after his leave to attend a funeral. He led the game off with a single and scored on Lohman's home run before he could steal. That was the only time he reached base on the night. He now has 31 steals in 27 games.

Dayton was rained out last night. They did lose starting pitcher Justice French who was promoted to Bakersfield to replace Kyle Lotzkar who is now at Pensacola.

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