Reds own Cleveland (kidding)
The Reds remain undefeated this spring after taking a 12-7 win over the Indians on Monday. Their record is 2-0-1, all against the Indians. They don’t see Cleveland again until March 17.
Some of the highlights:
*Johnny Cueto was very pleased with his first outing. 2 ip, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K. There was a leadoff triple by Michael Brantley, who scored in the first. Cueto allowed a Jason Kipnis double and a balk in the second.
“Everything was low,” Cueto said. “I felt really well. I was really relaxed. I was looking to throw my pitches low and keep the ball down.”
*Among the pitchers, Jeff Francis pitched two perfect innings. Sam LeCure worked two innings and gave up a three-run homer to Carlos Santana in the sixth.
*Jay Bruce was 2-for-2 in the game with a two-run double to the left-center field wall in the second inning.
*The Reds had 14 hits in the game and were 8-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
*Much has been made by fans about Drew Stubbs’ need to bunt more, etc. etc. Stubbs bunted for a single towards third base today in the third inning. He also drew a walk in the first. Stubbs has yet to strikeout through three games.
*Corky Miller added to the offensive barrage with a well-launched two-run HR to the berm in left field.
*SS prospect Didi Gregorious added to the buzz about his defense today. In the eighth inning, Gregorious made a spectacular sliding stop behind second base on a hot grounder up the middle. He got up and fired a throw just in time to first base for the out. Gregorious also played in today’s ‘B’ game vs. the Mariners and hit a two-run triple.
*During that ‘B’ game, I saw RHP prospect Daniel Corcino pitch for the first time. He looked pretty good. Corcino hit his first batter with his first pitch but worked two scoreless and hitless innings. I did not see radar gun readings. Corcino, who hails from the Dominican Republic, has become a protege of sorts of Cueto’s.
“I really like how Corcino throws,” Cueto said. “He looks like me. He’s got courage. He started the same way I did. I hope soon he’ll come up here and help in the big leagues.”
First pitch temperature: 78 degrees. For the first time I can remember since getting out here, it was more overcast than sunny. Still a pleasant day.
Attendance: 2,831 fans