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Partch gets call for fifth time this season

Partch gets call for fifth time this season

CINCINNATI -- Right-handed reliever Curtis Partch is probably familiar with every nuance of the drive up and down Interstate 71 between Cincinnati and Louisville by now.

Partch was recalled by the Reds from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday after right fielder Jay Bruce was placed on the bereavement list. It marked the 27-year-old Partch's fifth big league stint this season. He was up twice in the Majors for the club last season, too.

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"I don't need to use the GPS anymore," Partch said.

Partch has appeared in only five games over all this season's callups and allowed no runs, two hits and seven walks. He threw 31 pitches over 1 2/3 innings for Louisville vs. Charlotte on Monday night but was available for Cincinnati on Tuesday.

While the drive to Cincinnati and back might be all too familiar, Partch had a pretty unique first happen to him during Monday's game. In the eighth inning while facing Blake Tekotte, his fastball hit Tekotte, catcher Tucker Barnhart and home-plate umpire David Soucy -- all three wincing after the one pitch.

Louisville posted a clip of the pitch to its Vine account.

"At first I didn't even know it because it was 0-2 and I hit him, I was so mad," Partch said. "I kind of like, spun around a little bit. Then I looked back, Tuck is holding his [leg], the umpire is holding his arm and the hitter is going to first base. I was like, 'What the hell just happened?' I had to give them a second to get a little break. The umpire needed more of a break than Tucker did."

For Louisville this season, Partch is 2-1 with a 5.45 ERA in 30 games.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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