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