Split decisions

In the split-squad action today — it was a split result. The Reds won their home game, 5-1, over the Royals. Over at Scottsdale, the Chris Speier led team took a 6-3 loss to the Giants.

*In his second start of spring, Homer Bailey was solid vs. KC with three scoreless innings. Bailey gave up one hit and one walk but also picked up two double plays.

“I thought Homer was good,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He had good velocity and good location. He threw the ball very well today.”

*The Reds were shut down over the first two perdect innings by Royals lefty Danny Duffy, who struck out his last five in a row. The bats came alive with four runs in the fourth inning — all with two outs. After three singles, including a RBI hit by Scott Rolen, Donald Lutz crushed a three-run homer to right-center field – his second long ball of spring.

“The guys played well. We got some timely hitting,” Baker said. “Big Lutz had a big three-run homer.”

*Josh Judy replaced Bailey and pitched two scoreless innings. Andrew Brackman looked good in the eighth with one hit allowed and two strikeouts.

*Against the Giants, it was six up and six down for Aroldis Chapman in his start. Chapman struck out two.

*Sam LeCure was touched for four earned runs, five hits and one walk over two innings vs. the Giants.

*On Saturday, the Reds will face the A’s in Papago Park and will get to see Cuba-defecting center fielder Yoenis Cespedes in his first big league spring game. Cespedes, who will bat second, will be welcomed to the show by Johnny Cueto. That should be a fun matchup.

Attendance in Goodyear: 2,105

First pitch weather in Goodyear: 77 degrees



todd frazier had another home run. that probably should have been mentioned.

Lead-off, single run producer with little impact. Why should that be singled out necessarily over anything else?

14 6 4 2 3 2 4 1 .286

I think Frazier will be important to the Reds this year. He plays a number of
positions, save SP, C, CF, RF. Having that kind of flexibility off the bench is
valuable, in addition to his bat. He’s having a good spring thus far, however
I think he will start the year in AAA, and will be called up when necessary
as it appears that ‘options’ will play Dusty’s hand for him…at least initially.

uh because it happened in the game. it was a scoring play. HRs are always significant. crazy for me to come to a reds blog to find out what happened in the game huh? and yeah he is leading the reds in HRs this spring (though it is only two). so wanna demean anything else i write?

Take it easy…the intent was not to demean you. I’ll admit that I’m a bit tired and more than a bit perplexed by all the irrational praise for a player who has yet to even have a decent year at the AAA level, but that’s as far an any animus you might have detected went.

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