Reds bats hot, Cueto not
The Reds were handed a 9-5 loss by the Royals on Tuesday. Complete coverage is on MLB.com/Reds.com.
Some bonus information from Tuesday:
*It was far from a great start by Johnny Cueto: 2 2/3 ip, 7 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 40 pitches/26 strikes.
Cueto retired his first five batters until Salvador Perez crushed a homer to left-center field on a 3-2 pitch. It all came apart in the third with two outs. Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer, followed by back-to-back triples from Billy Butler and Alex Gordon and a Perez double before Cueto was pulled.
After the start, Cueto said he felt fine and his velocity was good. He was working on a mechanical flaw in his delivery. It was successful in the first two innings.
“What I was working on today was trying to land with my front foot differently,” Cueto said through translator Tomas Vera. “I’ve been opening up too much to first base. I was trying to close it up a little bit. I was opening up too much in the third.”
*The Reds jumped Royals starter Danny Duffy for a 4-0 lead in the top of the first while sending nine to the plate. Ryan Ludwick hit a booming first homer of spring to the berm behind the left field bullpen. Next batter Todd Frazier followed with his first homer to straightaway center field.
“I really didn’t think I had it to be honest with you,” Frazier said. “It sounded good. It was a good noise. When you get good noise, you’ve always got a chance.”
*RHP Robert Stephenson was throwing 96 mph but got hit a few times. He allowed two runs and five hits in two innings. Michael Lorenzen retired all three batters he faced in the seventh.
*OF Jason Bourgeois has yet to get into a game this spring because of a strained right hamstring.
“He came out early to Spring Training and was taking some ground balls at second because we’d like to see him at second base also. He just got a little bit stiff,” manager Bryan Price explained. “Then he was doing some of those first day outfield drills and had strained his hamstring. As you know with hamstrings, you want to make sure that they’re all the way healthy before you go and test them. But he’s very, very close. It’s possible he could play here this week.”
*RHP Pedro Beato was an early offseason waiver-wire pickup from the Red Sox in October that could be of help to the club.
“He’s got Major League experience. He had a nice season with the Mets a couple of years ago. He gives us some experienced support,” Price said. “We always talk about depth. We’ve seen the need for the depth with the way we’ve gotten out of the gates here with our starting pitchers. We also realize if we just go back to last year the importance of depth when we lost four key figures to our ballclub. … We feel like there is more in there. We feel like he’s a credible Major League relief pitcher. If there ids anything he needs to work on, it’s consistency. Pitch quality is good. He’s got a good fastball, breaking ball and split fingered change. He works hard and does a lot of good things.”