Errors galore

The Reds’ spring record dropped to 4-4-1 following a 6-3 loss to the A’s on Saturday afternoon. Here are some of the items of note:

*It wasn’t a great afternoon for Johnny Cueto. 2 ip, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HB. Cueto threw 50 pitches.

“It was one of those days that I felt too strong so I could not control my body on the mound,” Cueto said. “My arm was feeling so good that I was overthrowing today.”

Reds manager Dusty Baker still liked what he saw from Cueto.

“He was throwing real hard,” Baker said. “He was missing on the inside. He didn’t have his inside command today. But he was throwing the ball good.”

*The defense was not very robust with a total of six errors combined. The Reds made three of them — all fielding errors.

“We just didn’t play very good defense today. The infield got a little choppy,” Baker said. “That was really the difference in the ballgame. They [the A’s] didn’t play good defense either.”

*In the first inning, Juan Francisco botched a routine grounder by Manny Ramirez, which allowed an unearned run to score. It came just after Cueto got a double play from Seth Smith.

“It cost [Cueto] a lot of pitches,” Baker said. “He should have been out of there with no runs and nine or 10 less pitches. We were counting on him to go three innings, hopefully.”

*Kris Negron, who replaced Francisco, and shortstop Wilson Valdez made the other Reds errors.

*Yoenis Cespedes was 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs vs. the Reds. I was inside the clubhouse while Cueto talked to reporters when a roar from the crowd could be heard. It turned out it was Cespedes hitting his first homer off of LHP Jeff Francis.

*The Francis line: 3 ip, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

*LHP Clay Zavada: 1 ip, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K. Zavada walked his first two batters of the third inning, which led to a RBI single by Josh Donaldson and a sac fly by former Red Adam Rosales.

*There were a couple of wacky moments. In his first at-bat after Ball 2, Ramirez appeared to think it was Ball 4 because he lowered his bat and seemed headed to first base. (Manny being Manny?) In the second inning after Zack Cozart flied out with a runner on third base, left fielder Seth Smith fired a strike to home plate to get the runner. It was all for naught since that was the third out.

*First pitch temperature: 66 degrees

*Attendance: 6,644

*I won’t be around camp for a while since I’m taking a four-day break from Sunday-Wednesday to spend some time with the family. Be back on the case Thursday.


I’ve been in Columbus since Sunday morning. What’s been happening? Chapman looking ok? Anyone hurt? Anyone healed? What’s the skinny?

Chapman’s outing today..

Aroldis Chapman held the Padres to one run on four hits while striking out two over three innings.

Chapman gave up three hits in the first, including a bomb to infielder Andy Parrino, but he settled in after that and had a nice outing against a split-squad Padres lineup that was missing many regulars. His fastball was reportedly in the 93-95 mph range. The left-hander’s spring ERA now sits at 2.57, and perhaps the most important part is that he’s walked only one in his first seven innings while punching out seven.

(ps…Reds (Bailey) are playing a second game tonight at 10:05PM-ET against Dodgers (Kershaw))

Donald Lutz has become this spring’s version of Dave Sappelt, coming out of nowhere to turn many heads. Frazier, with whom I’ve yet to be impressed, may be in the process of forcing me to change my mind. Rolen has looked healthy and good, Stubbs seems to have found a new approach at the plate, at least the early returns have improved. Neither Heisey or Ludwick have hit a lick, causing some nervous nellies to panic already and entertain notions of another year of a non-productive left field. Gregorius has dazzled with the glove while Bruce shows signs of being in a hot streak, but we all know how that has thusfar gone for him when it comes to regular season play. Inconsistent, yet still so young! None of the legion of players competing for the final roster spots have stood out in any way. Mediocrity governs the final openings…

The most disturbing thing has been the pitching. Pretty awful across the board. Of course, Arizona environs have to be taken into account, but Leake, Arroyo, Cueto, and Masset have failed to impress, Marshall has been tagged, and both Bray and Madson have yet to throw a single pitch. If, two weeks from now, all those things remain pretty much the same, then the alarms will properly be sounded!

I forgot about Chapman…he like Latos has been okay. The best starter, ironically, has been Francis, but that alone may give indication of the lack of starting quality so far.

Although I have been lectured to to be more patient, I also am distressed, but over
the SP; far too many runs recently regardless that they are “getting their work in” or
“just honing their pitches”, etc. etc. etc. Arroyo leads the pack as he is inconsistent.
He is starting to remind me of a pitcher the Yankees recently removed from the team.
I hope I am over-reacting; on the flip side, Francis and Chapman are pitching well
thus far. Also, Frazier, Lutz and Gregorius are playing and looking exceptionally good.

Thanks for the updates. Now, another question. When’s the next game on Fox Sports Ohio? I checked the schedule and there isn’t anything showing for the rest of spring training. Is that the case?

So it has been said, surprisingly so. Seems in the past there were always a couple of late spring games televised to whet everyone’s appetite. Not so, apparently, this year!

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