March 2013

Taking a few days

It’s time for me to hit the pause button at Spring Training and catch up with my family. So I will be off for a few days of R&R. While this blog won’t be updated until I return Friday, will be covered with the latest news and features. Please check there and enjoy.

Thanks for reading all spring thus far.

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.


3/9 vs MIL

Reds lineup vs. Brewers

Robinson 7
Y. Rodriguez 8
Phipps 9
Soto 3
Hannahan 5
H. Rodriguez 4
Donald 6
Ashley 2
Mesoraco DH

Bailey 1

Rained out in Goodyear

The Reds and Cubs game was called after only 1 ½ innings because of rain when it was a 1-1 score. There will be no makeup game.

Reds starter Tony Cingrani gave up a two-out solo homer to Scott Hairston in the top of the first. He pitched two innings and allowed one run with two hits, one walk and two strikeouts. Cincinnati evened the score on Neftali Soto’s sacrifice fly off of Nick Struck that scored Shin-Soo Choo.

Rain also had the game begin with a 16 minute rain delay.

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3/8 Split squad games

The weather isn’t exactly optimal for baseball at the moment. It’s raining cats and dogs. But if there are games, the Reds have split squad action with both games at 9:05 p.m. ET.

Reds lineup vs. Cubs (Goodyear)

Choo 8
Burriss 6
Bruce 9
Soto 3
Paul 7
H. Rodriguez 5
Donald 4
Hanigan 2
Hannahan DH

Cingrani 1

Reds lineup vs. Dodgers (Camelback Ranch)

Hamilton 8
Cozart 6
Ludwick 7
Lutz 3
Frazier 5
Olivo 2
Heisey 9
Izturis 4
Miller DH

Arroyo 1

The Reds are off

Thursday is the first of the spring’s three scheduled off days for the Reds in big league camp. Usually there is only one off day per spring.

I will have an off day story for you later on Be sure to check it out.

Play resumes Friday with a pair of split-squad night games. The Reds will host the Cubs and play at the Dodgers.

Reds break out the bats

Not that anyone out here gets caught up in Spring Training stats, Wednesday’s game between the Reds and Canada was just one-off exhibition separate from the Cactus League. Too bad for the Reds in a way, because their offense was humming big time during a 12-2 win. The score was 10-2 after only two innings.

Here’s some lowdown:

*Most of the damage came in the bottom of the second inning as nine men came to the plate. The big hit came with two outs when Ryan Ludwick crushed a three-run homer to left field as the first batter against a Double-A level pitcher in reliever Trystan Magnuson from the Blue Jays organization. Against Magnuson in the third, Miguel Olivo also sent a three-run homer to left field.

*Cincinnati racked up 18 hits overall, Ludwick was 2-for-3 while Todd Frazier was 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Frazier lined a hard single into center field in the second inning and singled to left field in the third.

“Today, it seemed like everybody was getting that first strike and doing something with it,” Frazier said. “For me, that’s basically what I was trying to do – find a groove. It’s Spring Training. You want to get your hits but at the same time, feel comfortable at the plate. Like Dusty says, when you get that first pitch fastball, let’s go and do some damage. That’s what we did. We swung a lot and hit the ball real hard, which was pretty exciting to see.”

*Shin-Soo Choo was 3-for-3 with three singles and two runs scored.

*Mat Latos started and had a line of 3 ip, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. It was the one walk that hurt him in the top of the second. After he walked Michael Saunders, Latos threw a 2-0 pitch that was launched for a two-run homer by Adam Loewen.

*Sam LeCure had the best night among the relievers. In two perfect innings, LeCure struck out four batters.

*Reds pitchers tallied a total of 14 strikeouts in the game, while allowing four hits and four walks.

“Not a good night,” Team Canada manager Ernie Whitt said. “Hopefully we got it all out of the way tonight and will be ready to go on Friday. We made some mistakes defensively. We didn’t swing the bats real well. We had four hits. Mind you, they had some pretty good arms throwing out there against us. But it was not a pretty game.

3/6 vs. Canada

Reds lineup vs. Team Canada

Choo 8
Cozart 6
Bruce 9
Ludwick DH
Soto 3
Frazier 5
Heisey 7
Olivo 2
Burriss 4

Latos 1

Gametime: 9:05 p.m. ET, Goodyear Ballpark.

*As has already been reported, Joey Votto is sitting this out — for both sides.

Future World Series matchup?

After the Reds lost a 6-4 game to the Angels on Tuesday in Tempe, the clubs had one thing in common. Both of them have only two Cactus League wins this spring. The Reds are 2-11 while the Angels are 2-8-2. Each club has several who believe they are the favorites to win their respective divisions.

Reds manager Dusty Baker thought they could have one more thing in common.

“This could very well be the World Series matchup and nobody will remember what happened in the spring,” Baker said after the game. “Nobody remembers who won the Cactus League last year.”

Here are some things of note from the game for Cincinnati:


3/5 at Angels

Reds lineup vs. Angels:

Choo DH
Hamilton 8
Votto 3
Ludwick 7
Bruce 9
Frazier 5
Cozart 6
Mesoraco 2
Rodriguez 4
Leake 1

Gametime: 3:05 p.m. at Tempe.

Leake is slated to throw three innings and Aroldis Chapman is scheduled for two innings.

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