Reds snap losing streak
The Reds pulled out a 6-5 victory over the Brewers with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Since the Canada game didn’t count on the Cactus League ledger, Saturday’s win snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Here’s some of the dirt:
*Homer Bailey was slated to go three innings but lasted two innings with three runs (one earned) on four hits with one strikeout, one wild pitch and one hit batsman. Bailey nearly got out of the second inning clean after a double play but an error prolonged the inning.
“He had a 30-pitch inning that first inning,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We didn’t want to give him another inning and took him out. He threw the ball real good. He just couldn’t put them away. I think three of their hits were two-strike hits.”
*It was committed by Henry Rodriguez, who played second base today and committed his team-leading fifth error of spring. Rodriguez couldn’t come up with a line drive from Kentrail Davis in the second inning, for a two-base error which scored a run and led to another.
*In the fourth inning, two runs crossed against former Brewer Manny Parra. There were two double plays that weren’t turned that led to the scoring. Parra also allowed Logan Schafer’s RBI double.
“We won but it’s hard to win like that,” Baker said. “We missed some signs. We just have to tighten up our game.”
*Cesar Izturis, who was a Brewer for 57 games last season, hit a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth inning. Izturis made it a 5-5 game in the bottom of the seventh with a RBI single that scored Donald Lutz.
*J.J. Hoover, who is vying for a bullpen spot, looked good in getting the save in the 1-2-3 ninth inning with two strikeouts.
*The Reds made their first two cuts of spring on Saturday. Right-handed pitcher Justin Freeman and catcher Tucker Barnhart were re-assigned to the Minor League camp. There are 56 players remaining in Reds big league camp.