In his last start Vladimir Gutierrez went off for the Louisville Bats. The right-handed pitcher allowed one run over 6.0 innings against Lehigh Valley. He set a season high with 10 strikeouts, allowed just 2 hits, and walked 2 batters. Gutierrez matched the strikeout total from his previous four starts combined on the day and the start goes down as his most dominant of the season. And while he did get the award for Pitcher of the Week, his performance at the plate may have helped break any close conversations on who to vote for, too.

Vladimir Gutierrez entered the game with four total hits in his career. He had 40 career at-bats. But in his first trip to the plate led off the bottom of the third inning and he unloaded on the first pitch he saw, crushing the ball into left-center field and over the fence.

It was not only the first home run of the career for Vladimir Gutierrez, it was his first extra-base hit. He would add an RBI single in his next trip to the plate, bouncing one over the drawn in infield. Two hits, a home run, and two RBI on a day in which you also struck out 10 batters? There aren’t going to be too many days that are better than that one from an individual pitcher.

5 Responses

  1. Wes

    Reds need to find in house options for bullpen next year. Puk got called up today and ever since he came back from TJ he’s been working out of pen preparing him for rest of season. Reds should be following suit and prepping guys like vlad and mahle for pen next year even if it’s not their long term plan.

  2. Krozley

    Tyler Callihan made it on the MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week. After a slow start, he’s coming around nicely although he needs to take a few more walks.

  3. Jim

    The use to put some starters in the bullpen to get their feet wet or continue development. Back in the 70’s and early 80’s the Reds did this. Manny Sarmiento and Mario Soto was the last I remembered they did it with. Hopefully it helped BobSteve and MAYBE he comes to ST and competes for one of 2 open SP spots.
    Hopefully Vlad finishes the season strong.
    Lot of disappointments from our top 5 prospects, but a few in the 6-15 are doing better than hoped.

  4. Hoyce

    What’s the scouting report on the reds AAA 3rd base coach?
    The one on the big league team could not do a worse job if he tried to. Maybe he pulled a Petey and bet the padres

  5. Cguy

    Two nights in a row I say the same thing aboutthe 9th inning rally coming up short”Too bad Senzel can’t bunt- or Bell won’t ask him to”.