First win of spring, Bruce update
Here are some things to know after the Reds notched their first victory of camp with a 5-2 win over the Brewers:
*Joey Votto watch: Votto was 1-for-3 with his first home run of spring and three RBIs. Votto drove in Shin-Soo Choo with a RBI groundout to second base in the first inning. In the third inning on a first pitch from Rob Wooten, Votto lifted a two-run homer that carried over the left field fence.
*Pitching roundup: Reds starter Armando Galarraga, a non-roster pitcher, pitched two scoreless innings with one hit allowed and two strikeouts. Reliever Sean Marshall followed with one scoreless inning with two hits and one strikeout. Jonathan Broxton was next with one perfect inning.
*The Reds have a 1-3 record through four Cactus League games.
“Votto got on the board,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We got good pitching. That was big. Guys threw the ball well. We played good defense. I forgot how to shake hands [after a win]. It seems like it’s been a long time.”
*In three games he’s played as the leadoff hitter, Choo has reached base each time in his first plate appearance. Choo walked twice, including Monday. He’s scored all three times he’s reached in the first inning.
*Jay Bruce was scratched about 90 minutes before the game with a sore right heel.
“He’ll be all right in a couple of days,” Baker said. “It was more precautionary than anything. You don’t want it to linger. This time in spring, if they feel anything, we take them out.”