Merced’s Partch is recalled by Reds, then earns first big-league win

Sun-Star staff reportJuly 11, 2014 

Curtis Partch is back in The Show, and he’s a first-time winner, too.

The former Merced High School and Merced College pitcher was recalled by Cincinnati on Friday, and he earned his first big-league victory in the Reds’ 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in Cincinnati.

Partch entered in the top of the eighth and walked Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez to load the bases before striking out Ike Davis swinging to end the inning. The Reds then scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth with Brayan Pena, pinch hitting for Partch, driving in Chris Heisey with the go-ahead run on a single to center.

Partch’s promotion followed a string of injuries, including Reds stars Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, both landing on the disabled list.

It’s the fourth stint with the big-league club for Partch, 27, a right-hander who was called up twice in 2013 and started the 2014 season pitching out of the Reds’ bullpen. The big redhead was effective, allowing one hit and three walks in 41/3 scoreless innings in three appearances.

Partch was 2-1 with Triple-A Louisville, posting a 5.61 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 332/3 innings. He reentered the big leagues 0-1 lifetime with a 5.20 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 272/3 innings and 17 appearances.

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