On Tuesday before the Cincinnati Reds attempted to end a four-game losing skip, the organization placed relief pitcher Logan Ondrusek on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder and recalled Curtis Partch from Triple-A Louisville.
Ondrusek, 29, has appeared in 29 games this season. The Texas-native has collected a 3-2 record in 31 and a third innings of relief. He's struck out 29 batters while walking just 13. In his last 15 appearances, the six foot eight pitcher has allowed runs in just two of those games.
Partch has spent time in both Triple-A Louisville and has also appeared in four games for the Reds. After being called up earlier this year, the 27-year old pitched in five and a third innings striking out five and walking six, but he only allowed a single hit. The right-hander was 2-1 for the Bats in 29 appearances. He has recorded three saves while 22 earned runs which raised his ERA to 5.71.
The Reds have had some issues with relief pitching other than Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman who has a 1.06 and 2.40 ERA, respectively. No other reliever has an earned run average under three. Manny Parra has appeared in 39 games, which leads the organization, but has allowed 11 earned runs in less than 26 innings. Sam LeCure has been up and down all season but has allowed just 13 earned runs in 36 innings.
Cincinnati has begun the second half of the season by losing four consecutive games including being swept by the New York Yankees. They now sit in fourth place three and a half games out of first and just a game out of third place. They have two more games against Milwaukee before heading home for a six-game homestand.
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