Reds 1-0 in Grapefruit League play

It was a solid start for the Reds, which played a solid overall game for a 7-0 win over the Rays. A five-run fifth inning broke a scoreless tie as Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a grand slam and Darnell McDonald added an RBI single. In the ninth, Adam Rosales deposited a two-run homer into the left field bullpen.

It was a positive start for Edinson Volquez, who gave up two hits, a walk and a wild pitch with three strikeouts over three scoreless innings. Volquez had a challenge in the bottom of the third when he walked the leadoff batter, gave up a one-out single off his glove. A wild pitch put both runners in scoring position. With two outs and Evan Longoria up in a 2-0 count, Volquez used three changeups and Longoria was called out on strikes.

“I felt good today,” Volquez said. “I was a little bit wild but I made the adjustment and made good pitches. I was in trouble with my fastball command a little bit and went to my changeup.”

On getting Longoria? “That was a big inning with two men on base,” Volquez said. “I got him out with a changeup.”

Johnny Cueto threw three hitless innings with three strikeouts in relief on Volquez. Homer Bailey followed with a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh with two strikeouts.

“It was a real good day, any time you get a shutout,” manager Dusty Baker said. “We threw strikes and we played very good defense – no errors. Guys executed well and that’s what happens when you get that good pitching. All of a sudden, boom, you get  a big inning.

“Everybody threw the ball well – Cueto, Volquez, Homer, [Aaron] Fultz, [Jared] Burton, all of them.”

Here is your box score:



clearly Homer pitched well.. but how did he do it?
heat, 95-97?? moving the ball up/down in/out??

Unfortunately — we don’t have access to radar at the Spring Training ballparks. Sometimes I ask scouts but didn’t today. He definitely seemed to be locating his fastball well though.

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