While Hunter Greene was making his return to the mound on Sunday in Cincinnati, Nick Lodolo was pitching in Iowa while on a rehab assignment to try and get back to the Reds rotation.
The first two innings for Lodolo went well. In the first inning he retired the side with a fly out, a ground out, and a strikeout. The second inning saw him give up a single on a line drive into center, but the lefty picked up two strikeouts looking in the inning to avoid any further damage.
That was the good side of the mixed bag of results. The not-so-good was in the 3rd inning. The frame began with a walk before a force out led to a swapping of runners. But then two singles were followed up by back-to-back walks to bring in a run. The final walk would also be the final batter that Lodolo would face in the game – exiting with the bases loaded. Kevin Herget got the final two outs of the inning without allowing anyone else to score, leaving Lodolo with a final line of 2.1 innings, three hits, two runs, three walks, and three strikeouts. He threw 61 pitches with 34 strikes.
For Lodolo, it was his third rehab start. His first two went quite well. On August 11th he threw 2.0 shutout innings and allowed one hit and had four strikeouts in Arizona the with complex level Reds. August 15th saw him move up to Double-A and throw 3.0 hitless innings with two walks and six strikeouts. The batters in Triple-A posed a little more of a challenge in his first go, at least as hit pitch count mounted.
Curt Casali also was in Iowa working his way back from the injured list. He went 2-4 on Sunday. Casali has now played in five games with the Bats on his rehab assignment and has gone 5-18 (.278) with a double.