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


Got home in time to watch three outstanding plays in the eighth inning, from Gregorius, Heisey (in center) and Phipps (?) in left. Spring means nothing – I gotta keep telling myself that.

I watched that inning too and I think it might have been Harris in left who made the nice defensive play, but I may also be confusing that with a play from earlier in the game…

Mark, I got the impression that there were more Cleveland fans at the games over the weekend than Reds fans. That from the cheering after players’ hits. Any feel for if more Cincinnatians are coming to Goodyear this year as against last? Are we still ‘discovering’ the place?

I’ve noticed more people with Reds gear on this year than the past two but I’m not sure how scientific that hypothesis is. Yesterday was tough to tell. It was a weekday and the crowd was half the size as the two over the weekend. On Sunday, it was an Indians home game so there might have been more fans that day.

Denny – you’re right. It was Harris. I knew when I wrote Phipps that wasn’t it.

You clearly indicated that self-doubt! Problem was: I had a bout of my own seize me in its grip…

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