Good pitching, no offense

The Reds are 0-3 after three games vs. Indians this spring. Here’s some of the lowdown following Sunday’s 3-0 defeat:

*After a barrage of offense from both sides the previous two games, the Reds and Indians had sharper pitching on a blustery afternoon. It was essentially a bullpen day for the Reds, which used several familar veterans after having virtually all young guys in the earlier pair of games.

“At least we had good pitching,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

*There were lots of wind gusts in the 25-30 mph range throughout the day.

*All three Indians runs came in the bottom of the seventh scored against Josh Ravin, including a windblown ground rule two-run double to right field by Omir Santos. Carlos Moncrief followed with a RBI single to end Ravin’s outing before the inning ended.

“We had that windblown double. You know [the wind] would rear its ugly head at some point. We were lucky it didn’t happen before then,” Baker said.

*Sam LeCure started and looked good with two scoreless innings, one hit and one strikeout.

“It’s always good to get out there and have some sort of a measuring stick early,” LeCure said. “You can throw a bunch of bullpens and even live BP doesn’t prepare you to go out there and face the hitters. The key today was obviously to try and keep the ball down. That’s something we’re all focusing on early in camp anyhow. I felt like I did OK. Honestly, I think the results were a little better than I felt like I threw the ball.”

*After LeCure was Manny Parra, who debuted with six up and six down with two strikeouts. Before the game, I did a feature on Parra. Click here to read it.

*Logan Ondrusek, Jose Arredondo and J.J. Hoover also pitched well with a scoreless inning each.

*Not much to say for the Reds bats the day after they had 18 hits in a loss. This time, they had just one hit. It didn’t come until Jason Donald’s single in the sixth inning.

“We didn’t get many hits. That’s OK,” Baker said. “We’re looking good. We didn’t win but we played better.”

*Joey Votto watch: He walked in both of his plate appearances.

*Billy Hamilton watch: 0-for-2. Hamilton struck out in the first inning. In the third inning, Hamilton nearly beat out what’s normally a routine grounder to shortstop and was out by a half-step. I have a feeling there will be very few grounders termed as “routine” when Hamilton is batting.

*How windy was it out here today? I felt like I was under seige with tumbleweeds at the Reds complex parking lot before driving to the ballpark. Check it out:

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Wow, strange weekend of Reds baseball! Doesn’t mean anything. Keep telling yourself “It’s only a movie, it’s only a movie …”

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