Cingrani’s secondary pitches
Here are a couple of items from the Reds’ 3-2 loss to the Giants on Thursday:
*In his second start of spring, LHP Tony Cingrani worked three scoreless and hitless innings with three walks and three strikeouts. Two of Cingrani’s walked batters were eliminated by his slick pickoff move — although on the first one, Brandon Belt was going anticipating the first pitch.
“I felt like I was over-striding a little bit,” Cingrani said of his outing. “I was trying to get too much on the ball. I felt pretty good.”
Through two starts, Cingrani has allowed one hit over five scoreless innings. At this point, he is still working on his mechanics and pitches.
“I’m trying to get that breaking ball over early in the count,” Cingrani said. “I’ve put a little pressure on myself to do that. I’m trying to locate the fastball and fine tune my mechanics.”
Manager Bryan Price was pleased with how Cingrani’s secondary pitches are developing thus far.
“We went into this spring with an emphasis on getting a stronger feel for his slider and his changeup,” Price said. “I thought his changeup was excellent today and he took some risks with his breaking ball. He threw a 3-2 breaking ball to Sandoval for a walk. He tried to use it backwards on 1-0 and 2-1 counts that got him into a little bit of trouble because he missed with them. The shape of his breaking ball was better.”
*RHP Chien-Ming Wang followed Cingrani. His line: 3 ip, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. Pablo Sandoval led off the fifth inning by hitting a 3-1 Wang pitch for a homer to right-center field.
*I had a conversation on video today with Billy Hamilton. You can watch it below.
*First-pitch temperature in Scottsdale: 74 degrees.