Sunday, May 5, 2013

Donald Lutz has huge day of firsts

Cinco de Mayo was a rather memorable day for Reds rookie Donald Lutz. I guess you could say it was a day of "firsts" for the German native.

Lutz entered Sunday's game hitless in six career at-bats, but that all changed in the top of the seventh when he recorded his first big league hit with a lead-off single off Cubs pitcher Shawn Camp. Lutz would later come around to score his first big league run when Joey Votto notched a double.

One inning later, the left-handed slugger was at it again at the dish. This time Lutz tallied his first career run batted in when he knocked in Todd Frazier thanks to a fielder's choice. That made it 7-4 in favor of Cincinnati.

Fast forward two batters later and Lutz was getting his name in the box score yet again. With Zack Cozart at the plate, and Jack Hannahan leading off third, Lutz flashed the wheels by successfully swiping second base without even a throw. For the record, Lutz has stolen all of 31 bases in six seasons in the minor leagues, which for him spans nearly 400 games.

So to recap, Lutz woke up this morning in Chicago as a guy who had never recorded a base hit, stolen base, run batted in, or run scored in the major leagues. By nightfall, the youngster had one of each to his credit to help the Reds complete a three-game sweep of the Cubs. 

One last thing to note about Lutz's performance is that he didn't even start the game. Dusty Baker inserted him into the lineup in the sixth inning as part of a double-switch involving Mat Latos, Xavier Paul, and Sam LeCure.

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