Reds drop 3-2 game to KC

Here’s what I have for you from a 3-2 Reds loss to the Royals on Friday afternoon in Surprise, Ariz.:

*Mat Latos made his debut and came away with two scoreless innings (24 29pitches/17 strikes). Latos walked his first two batters in the first inning and escaped with a 4-6-3 double play. In the second inning, he made the adjustment and threw more strikes and gave up only a two-out double by Xavier Nady.

“I stayed on a straight line,” Latos said. “Throwing in the first inning with a little adrenaline, I kind of opened up the front shoulder a little bit.”

“He threw well,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It was his first time out and he was kind of overthrowing early. He did a good job. Everybody threw well, really.”

*Devin Mesoraco showed some of his power today. On a 3-0 count from pitcher Greg Holland with two outs in the fifth, Mesoraco smashed a screamer to the deepest part of the park in left-center field for a solo homer. Mesoraco is batting .333 (3-for-9) with two home runs this spring.

*For the second time in two days, SS Zack Cozart made another slick diving stop to his left. He robbed Salvador Perez of a hit and flipped to second base for a force play. Perez barely beat the throw to first base to avoid a double play.

*Jonathan Broxton worked a smooth 1-2-3 third inning, including two groundouts and a strikeout, and has retired all six batters faced in his two spring outings.

“I feel good,” Broxton said. “It’s still early. I’m still working on getting in shape, getting the arm there, and working on my timing. All of my pitches aren’t there. We’ve still got a month.”

*Billy Hamilton was 1-for-2 and stole his first two bases of spring in the eighth inning. After his one-out single into left field, Hamilton broke for second base as LHP John Lamb fired a pick off throw to first. Hamilton slid safely for the steal. Two pitches later, he swiped third base with a head-first slide, beating the throw. After Kris Negron walked, Xavier Paul grounded into the double play.

“We’ve just go to address that famous runner on third base and less than two outs,” Baker said. “When you’re losing one-run games, usually somewhere along the line, there was a walk at the wrong time, which there was. We left a runner on third with than less two outs. We’ll address it.”

*Royals LHP Donnie Joseph, who was in the trade for Broxton with Kansas City, struck out his first seven batters in a row this spring — including first batter Jack Hannahan in the seventh inning. The streak was broken by Derrick Robinson, who bunted for a single.

*Injury report: Shin-Soo Choo (tight right quadriceps) and catcher Ryan Hanigan (irritated left oblique) were scratched from the lineup and remained in Goodyear. The injuries aren’t believed to be serious.

“This is the aches and pains of Spring Training,” Baker said. “And the aches and pains of not having much time [before games start]. Choo works hard and is in shape, so is Hanigan. They are hard-working guys. Both of them are off tomorrow.”

*Former Reds interim manager and Phillies coach Pete Mackanin was at the ballpark today. Mackanin is now a scout for the Yankees.

1 Comment

Not trying to be a wiener, but Latos threw 29 pitches, rather than 24. I looked it up because I couldn’t figure out how he walked two guys with only 7 non-strikes.

Glad to see Meso taking advantage of opportunities. It seems like he’s in Dusty’s doghouse for some reason, and I don’t want to see him riding the pine for another season.

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