Lorenzen didn't allow a baserunner and struck out one to record the save Wednesday against the Mets. With Raisel Iglesias having pitched back-to-back nights, the Reds turned to Lorenzen for the save chance Wednesday. He came through, recording a strikeout and two flyouts to collect his second save of the season. Lorenzen is unlikely to rack up a ton of save opportunities this season, and though he has a 1.08 ERA, his 1.32 WHIP and six walks across 16.2 innings suggest he may be in line to allow a few more earned runs than he has early on.
Lorenzen threw 1.2 innings of scoreless relief Monday against the Mets, part of a collective effort where the Reds' bullpen threw 5.1 scoreless innings. He allowed a hit and a walk, striking out one. With the outing Lorenzen lowered his ERA to 1.15 on the season, covering 15.2 innings. His K:BB is a pedestrian 11:6, but he's avoided major damage by allowing just one homer so far.
Lorenzen recorded the final out of Friday's game against the Padres to earn his first save of the season. He allowed one hit. He got Wil Myers swinging to preserve a one-run lead after Cincinnati jumped out in front in the top of the 11th. It was Lorenzen's fourth career save. Raisel Iglesias, the team's primary closer, worked the ninth in a tie game. Lorenzen has seen quite a bit of time in mop-up duty this season -- he does not have a hold through eight appearances.
Lorenzen gave up the go-ahead homer to the Brewers' Orlando Arcia in Tuesday's loss. He also allowed two walks after that, but those didn't come around to score. Lorenzen came in with the game tied 1-1, two men on and two outs. Arcia had been 0-for-16 on the season before his opposite field shot. Lorenzen had been dominant in his previous outing against the Pirates, so don't read too much into this bad outing.
The Reds used Lorenzen as a pinch runner in Thursday's Opening Day win and kept him in center field afterward, moving Scott Schebler over to left field, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Reds manager David Bell said that they wouldn't use Lorenzen as a starter in center field in the near future because the Reds have so many other outfield options, but they wouldn't be opposed to that in the long term.