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Lorenzen has performed well on the mound. He’s 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 15 appearances and 23 1/3 innings. At the plate, he’s 4-for-6. He’s 3-for-4 as a pinch-hitter. He’s the first Reds pitcher to hit three home runs in a season since Micah Owings in 2009.
Lorenzen even has the hardest-hit ball by any Reds batter this season. His pinch-hit single on June 7 against Rockies pitcher Tyler Anderson came off the bat at 116.5 miles per hour.
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Lorenzen plans to keep the same approach, meaning he’s not going to take extra batting practice just because he might get more opportunities in the future.
“I’m learning a lot from the way I’m hitting,” Lorenzen said. “In college, it was the same. I was a center fielder, and pitching I didn’t care about. I just came in — and it’s kind of like the hitting side of things right now — there was no pressure. Just go in and throw the ball as hard as I can and get outs, and I was successful. When I was hitting in college, I was in the cage all day and all night, working hard and over-thinking. It’s kind of flipped on me at the major league level.”
The Reds acquired Red Sox minor league outfielder Lorenzo Cedrola in exchange for international signing bonus pool space on Monday. Cedrola, 20, was hitting .318 with Single-A Greenville.
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