Royals 8-1 winners over Reds

Here’s a summary from the day that was on Sunday after a Reds 8-1 loss vs. the Royals:

*It was another long day for the Reds lineup, but it finally ended the scoreless streak at 19 innings. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Ryan LaMarre hit a RBI double off of the the right field wall to score Kris Negron for the Reds’ lone run.

“It’s not much fun when you’re not hitting,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “How many times can you talk about it or write about it? Hopefully, we’ll get it out of our system.”

*Joey Votto watch: Like Saturday, Votto again had the Reds first hit with a two-out double to right field in the first inning. He has hit safely in five of his eight games this spring.

*Homer Bailey struck out five of the seven batters he faced during his two scoreless innings. Bailey retired the side in order in the first inning with two strikeouts and struck out the side in the second inning. The only blemish was a two-out lined single to right-center field by Lorenzo Cain.

“I would have liked to have more first-pitch strikes. A couple of them missed by a little bit. Overall, it was pretty good,” Bailey said. “The hit was a slider up a little bit It was still a good pitch. Probably at 1-1, you want to make a little better pitch than that.”

*Bailey was using all of his pitches, and commanding them.

“Homer looked great,” Baker said. “He was throwing the ball where he wanted to with good velocity. Any time you do that, you’re going to win.”

*The Reds aren’t hitting well lately but there has been some decent defensive plays the past few days. In the fourth inning with the bases loaded, Jay Bruce made a nice sliding catch in the right field corner to save three runs and end the inning. In the fifth, Xavier Paul saved a possible run with a diving catch in left field.

*Tony Cingrani gave up a home run to Alex Gordon with two outs in the third inning for the game’s first run.

*Reds reliever Logan Ondrusek was the one who had the bases loaded jam in the fourth but he gave up only one run after also giving two hits and two walks. Ondrusek struck out two.

*Jose Arredondo gave up one run and two hits in his one inning of work.

*Kyle Lotzkar was charged with four runs in the sixth inning. J.J. Hoover inherited a bases-loaded two out jam and gave up three of the runs, including Xavier Nady’s two-run single after a long duel to a 3-2 count. Hoover returned with a 1-2-3 seventh.


Dusty doesn’t want anyone to peak too early.

While I was reminding myself that spring training doesn’t mean anything, I got thinking about guys who got us excited maybe for nothing in spring training, like Dave Sappelt. I wonder, is he even in baseball anymore?

Still with Cubs

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