Cincinnati's Robinson gets first big league hit

Cincinnati Reds' Jay Bruce, right, and Shin-Soo Choo, left, congratulate Derrick Robinson after defeating the Washington Nationals 6-3 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

Published: Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:14 p.m.

Former P.K. Yonge standout Derrick Robinson's first major league hit was a memorable one. It came Sunday against Washington Nationals sensation Stephen Strasburg and helped the Cincinnati Reds pull out a 6-3 win.

The Reds knocked Strasburg out with a three-run sixth. Robinson, called up from Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday to replace injured outfielder Ryan Ludwick, led off with his first major league hit, a sharp one-hopper just out of the reach of diving third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.

Robinson went to third on a single to center and slid across the plate with the go-ahead run just ahead of second baseman Danny Espinosa's throw on a fielder's choice.

“It's not 100 percent that I'm going to score there,” Robinson said. “I just try to use my God-given talent as much as possible.”

Robinson's speed is what made him the front-runner to be called up when Ludwick went down, Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

“Speed kills,” Baker said. “Speed doesn't go into slumps. I love speed. I love power, too, but I love speed.”

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