Items from 8-6 loss to SEA
The Reds unblemished spring ended with an 8-6 loss to the Mariners on Tuesday. Cincinnati’s six runs were scored on only six hits.
Here are some items of interest:
*It was Mat Latos’ Reds spring debut today. His line: 2 ip, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 K. 31 pitches/16 strikes. There were a couple of long drives to the warning track, but Latos was pleased overall and got his work in. I will have a longer story on Latos today on MLB.com/Reds.com.
“It was exciting to get in there and have live hitters up there swinging,” Latos said. “Everything in general needs work. It doesn’t matter who you are. I’m pretty sure Roy Halladay doesn’t take a day off, regardless. After the perfect game he threw, I’m pretty sure he went back to work the next day. I will keep up with the arm-care stuff, getting all my work done with lifting and running and conditioning.”
*Brett Tomko followed Latos: 1 ip, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. Two runs scored on a sacrifice fly that was dropped in the sun by on a tough error for center fielder Daryl Jones. Two more sac flies followed.
“The sun and wind was wreaking havoc. That’s always the case here,” Dusty Baker said. “He had some balls over the heart of the plate. The sun and the wind affected Tomko’s performance today.”
*Andrew Brackman: 2 ip, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
*It was a good day for Denis Phipps, who replaced Jones in center field. Phipps crushed a three-run homer to left field on a 2-2 pitch in the fifth inning. In the bottom of the sixth after making a catch, Phipps threw out Stefan Romero running back to first base for a double play.
*Juan Francisco entered the game in the fifth as the DH and was 0-for-3 with a fly to right field, a groundout to the shortstop and a GIDP in the 9th.
*Chris Valaika entered the game in the sixth and was 1-for-2 while playing third base. Valaika blooped a RBI single to right field in his first at-bat and reached on an error to third base.
*Donald Lutz got his first spring homer with a shot to right field on a 3-1 pitch in the eighth inning.
*Because they are opening the regular season in Tokyo vs. the A’s later this month, the Mariners started their camp earlier.
“You can tell that they’re a little bit advanced over us as far as sharpness – both the pitchers and hitters,” Baker said. “That extra 8-9 days they’ve had in camp, you could really tell by the breaking balls and stuff like that. We had action on winning anyway.”
*The Reds will be featured tonight at on MLB Network’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” episode that airs 8 p.m. ET. Check local listings for re-airings.
*First-pitch temperature: 75 degrees. Baker wasn’t kidding about the wind. It was breezy and dust and dirt was blowing all over.