Rough day for the Redlegs

It was pretty rough day at the yard for the Reds, which were pounded and blanked during a 16-0 loss to the Mariners.

“We didn’t play well in any facet of the game,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “I hope that game doesn’t come back for a long time. We were kind of pitiful. We didn’t catch it, we didn’t hit it, nothing.”

*This was a day that began on the wrong foot almost from the get-go. Second batter Robert Andino skied a high pop up to short right field. Brandon Phillips ran back to make a catch but pulled away as Xavier Paul came in. Both fielders let the ball drop between them for a single.

*Homer Bailey was tapped for nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits over 3 1/3 innings with two walks and five strikeouts. Bailey wasn’t too upset with his day.

“I feel good. That’s the most important thing,” Bailey said. “Most of my pitches were working today. They hit the one home run but other than that, I didn’t think they really squared a lot of them. … It was their day and not mine.”

“Homer didn’t throw the ball that bad,” Baker said. “He had some two-out hits. We didn’t help him on defense. That shows the importance of defense is because then it opened innings.”

*It was definitely not LHP Wilkin De La Rosa’s day. After replacing Bailey, De La Rosa gave up six runs (five earned) and five hits with three walks over 1 1/3 innings.

*Roster bubble alert: J.J. Hoover had another fine outing with two strikeouts in his one scoreless inning. Hoover has 16 strikeouts compared to one walk in eight games. I don’t see how he doesn’t make this team. He definitely deserves to.

*Roster bubble alert No. 2: LHP Manny Parra let an inherited runner score in the fifth inning but returned with a 1-2-3 sixth inning. It was possibly an important outing since Parra hadn’t fared well his previous two times out.

*Devin Mesoraco saw his eight-game hitting streak end with a 0-for-4 game. Mesoraco is still hitting .361 this spring.

*I saw Bronson Arroyo this morning, who was pretty happy that his right hand felt better after it was drilled by a line drive on Sunday. Arroyo still had the stitches from the ball imprinted on his hand but felt good.

“It feels great. I can play catch right now,” Arroyo said. “Sometimes you get surprised.”

1 Comment

I know that spring training is a period for sharpening their fielding skills, get good batting practice, and for pitchers to sharpen up their curve, slider, and fastball, but in past seasons the Reds have been around to .500 mark in wins and losses. This year they would have to win the remaining games to end up close to .500. Oh well…maybe it’ll all come together on or about April 1 and not June.

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