Slugfest vs. Sox
In a game that had a combined 25 hits, the Reds emerged with a 10-6 win on Tuesday. Here are some extra news and notes about the day that was:
*This was not a pretty game as the two teams combined for four errors. Perhaps the tone was set from the very first batter of the game when 3B Todd Frazier dropped Dewayne Wise’s routine pop up in foul territory for an error. It meant an unearned run for Homer Bailey as Adam Dunn later hit a three-run homer off of the batters eye in center field.
“He looked pretty good,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Bailey. “Our defense, we didn’t help him any. We gave them a lot of outs in that one inning and that’s why his pitch count got up high. He threw the ball well though. You have to remember he’s throwing against a pretty good offensive lineup. They used the DH and we didn’t. That’s another offensive player.”
*Bailey’s line: 4 1/3 ip, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR. Gordon Beckham hit a leadoff homer against him in the third inning.
“I was feeling good. That’s the most important thing,” Bailey said. “Probably from the stretch, my slider and curveball wasn’t quite where I wanted it. That could be the thin air, it could be me and it could be a bunch of things.”
*Dunn had four RBIs in the game. So did Chris Heisey, who smacked a three-run homer to left field in the five-run bottom of the fourth. Jay Bruce made it back-to-back long balls when he followed Heisey with a drive to right field. Bruce has two homers in two games and four for the spring.
“The main thing is our offense has been better lately and our guys are starting to swing better,” Baker said.
*The Bruce homer chased White Sox pitcher, who gave up 10 runs and 11 hits in only 3 1/3 innings.
*Brandon Phillips was 2-for-3 with a RBI single in the fourth inning and two runs scored. In my notebook today, Phillips talked about having a great time playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
“I’d do it again. It was fun,” Phillips said. “It was more than I expected. I loved every second of it.”
*LHP Manny Parra replaced Bailey and gave up four walks in 1 1/3 innings of work. One of those walks was to Dunn with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth.
*RHP Jose Arredondo worked perfect for 1 1/3 innings with two strikeouts. Arredondo has not allowed a walk in six of his seven appearances this spring. He was sometimes walk prone in past seasons.
*The Reds have their final scheduled off day of spring on Wednesday. It should a quiet day on the big league side of the complex as there is nothing scheduled.
“I’m staying away,” Baker said. “A couple of guys like Choo have to come in for treatment. Most of the guys are staying away.”