Thursday afternoon notes
The Reds are up to a .500 spring record after a 3-1 win over the Brewers on Thursday. They were outhit, 7-6, and committed two errors but there were many positives.
*Joey Votto snapped a 0-for-9 skid to start play with a long home run to the grassy knoll in right-center field. His long ball provided the go-ahead run in the sixth inning.
“It was just a matter of time because Joey can hit,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It was nice for him to hit one on that bank over there.”
*Starter Johnny Cueto pitched three scoreless innings with one hit, one walk and one strikeout. He had made some mechanical tweaks he seemed to be pleased with.
“I wanted to bring my leg up and stay in a straight line and keep my shoulder in,” Cueto said through an interpreter. “I threw fastball, two-seamer – no curveball. I threw a slider and changeup.”
*A throwing error by pitcher Jared Burton led to a run scoring on a double play in the sixth. The run was still earned and ended a streak of 15 scoreless innings for Reds pitchers.
*After Burton, Enerio Del Rosario, Pedro Viola and Logan Ondrusek combined for three scoreless innings.
*1B Yonder Alonso was charged with his third error of spring when missed a catch in the ninth.
“We’ve got good pitching today but we still made a couple of errors, which was not pleasing,” Baker said. “We have to keep working on it.”
*Chris Dickerson is 4-for-11 (.364) through five games. Dickerson hit two-out, RBI triple in the fifth inning.
*One funny thing I saw before the game this morning was Aroldis Chapman trying to hit in the cage. Chapman fouled back his first three offerings and people in the field were laughing. Chapman was a good sport and smiled his way through it before he got some knocks into the field to sarcastic cheer. Jamie Ramsey took a little video but what I saw wasn’t included in the clip.
*Reds great Barry Larkin was scheduled to start as guest instructor today but I didn’t see him. His familiar No. 11 jersey was hanging in a locker with his name on it in the coaches room this morning. Larkin is expected to be in camp for about 10 days.
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