Pitcher earns another start
Allows just 2 runs over five innings
BY KEVIN KELLY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kyle Lohse leaned on experience to curb any nerves Sunday.
The Reds almost certainly will lean on him again Friday as their fifth starting pitcher.
"I sure would think he'd go back out there in five days," Cincinnati manager Jerry Narron said. "He knows what he's doing. He's a pretty experienced guy and he's got pretty good stuff."
The Reds acquired the 27-year-old from the Twins last week and, after one appearance out of the Reds bullpen on Tuesday, he allowed a two-run home run by Braves center fielder Andruw Jones in the first inning Sunday and not much else.
"Lohse has got a chance to really help us," Narron said. "I was very pleased. I think all of us were pleased with the way he threw after not having a start for a while."
In what was his first major-league start since May 16 in Detroit, Lohse allowed two runs on four hits over five innings.
The right-hander also struck out seven without walking a batter.
"I'll just go out there and try to keep doing my job," Lohse said.
After allowing the home run with two outs in the first inning, he retired eight consecutive and 13 of the next 14 he faced.
"I was very impressed," Reds catcher David Ross said. "He had good command of the fastball down. He hit his spots a lot.
"The only spots he really missed were the home run ... and the pitch to (Braves third baseman Willy Aybar) to start off the sixth inning."
In eight starts with Minnesota this season, Lohse was 2-4 with an 8.92 ERA. After being sent to Triple-A Rochester on May 17 he went 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA in four starts there - Lohse returned to Minnesota and was used out of the bullpen thereafter.
On Sunday he threw 58 of 84 pitches for strikes.
It was Lohse's highest pitch count in a major-league game since he threw 110 in a start against the Rangers on May 10.
"I felt close today, but the heat, the weather wasn't really working with me there," Lohse said. "Next start I'll be able to keep going up (with my pitch count). We'll just see how it goes."