March 11th, 2014 at 12:52 AM
By Cody Dalga
Homer Bailey pitched four innings allowing two runs on three hits and the Cincinnati Reds offense scattered 10 hits but it wasn't nearly enough as Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers took down the Reds by a score of 8-2 at Surprise Stadium Monday afternoon.
The Rangers got the scoring going in the second inning following a double steal with runners on the corners. J.P. Arencibia stole second and with a throw from catcher Devin Mesoraco, Leonys Martin took off for home and scored for the games first run. Jurickson Profar made it 2-0 in the third inning with a solo home run, which his second of the spring.
Darvish, who went five innings giving up just two runs on five hits, allowed his first hit in the fourth inning from a bunt single by speedster Billy Hamilton. He was brought around later in the inning thanks in part to a Jay Bruce one-out double. An inning later, Ramon Santiago doubled home Chris Nelson to even the score at two. But Texas responded with two runs of their own which gave them the lead for good.
A four run seventh inning pushed the Rangers to lead 8-2, which eventually became the final score.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 10th, 2014 at 10:51 AM
By Cody Dalga
After giving up six runs on seven hits in his previous start against the Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto pitched four complete innings allowing just two hits while striking out two in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
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Following four scoreless innings from both clubs, the Angels were able to strike first. With a runner at second with no outs in the fifth, Hank Conger singled home Erick Aybar. Conger stretched his single on the throw and a play at second base was called under review by Reds manager Bryan Price. The call, which originally ruled Conger safe at second, was upheld.
"It worked out really well, actually," Price said of the opportunity to use replay. "We didn't get the call overturned, but we got a chance to have more dialogue with the umpires. As far as the protocol goes, going out there and engaging and kind of understanding the dos and don'ts.
Later in the inning, Kole Calhoun singled home Conger to make it 2-0 after the top half of the fifth. The Angels were able to add another run in the sixth thanks to a Carlos Pena RBI single. Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 9th, 2014 at 10:16 AM
By Cody Dalga
Starting in place of the rehabbing Mat Latos, Alfredo Simon had a rough outing yesterday in the 9-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs after pitching four innings allowing five hits, five earned runs, including a home run, while walking two and striking out one.
The Cubs scored early and often off the Cincinnati Reds starter scoring two runs in both the first and second inning as well as an additional run in the third inning. Nate Schierholtz led the Cubs going 2-for-3 with two RBI's and two runs scores. He got the Cubs scoring going with a two-run homerun in the first off of Simon.
"He was real lateral," Reds manager Bryan Price said of his starter. "He was off the top of the ball. The movement was so side to side. You can icemake an adjustment if the ball is on the plate and you're missing up and down. But when you're missing off the sides of the plate, it's a much more difficult adjustment to make."
Five Cubs pitchers combined to allow just six hits. Joey Votto, who had two hits in his first 11 games, and Skip Schumaker had two hits a piece to lead the Reds offensive output. Reds batters struck out 12 times on the afternoon, including a three strikeout day for Todd Frazier. Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 7th, 2014 at 9:41 PM
By Cody Dalga
Jay Bruce hit his first homerun of Spring Training and Mike Leake allowed one run on two hits over two innings in his first start in a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox in a split-squad game in Goodyear, Arizona.
The White Sox took no time getting to Leake. Adam Eaton began the game with a hard hit double to left-center and was later brought home by former Red Adam Dunn who ripped a single to third.
"They were aggressive, so it made it tough to get into a count with them," Leake said after his outing. "The one Dunner hit was a good pitch. He's a hitter that likes to jump on that first pitch. I'm not worried about that stuff on the first outing."
Cincinnati wasn't down long. In the bottom half of the inning, Zack Cozart doubled with one out and was later brought around by Bruce's bomb which made it 2-1 in favor of the Reds. An inning later, red-hot Roger Bernadina doubled and later scored on a Chris Nelson single.
Tim Crabbe was hit with the loss after allowing two runs in the fifth inning which gave the White Sox the lead for good. Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 7th, 2014 at 9:21 PM
By Cody Dalga
It was a slugfest at Peoria Stadium in Peoria, Arizona as the Cincinnati Reds, who jumped out to an 8-0 lead, held off a late rally by the Seattle Mariners to win 10-9. Chris Heisey, who homered twice, and Brandon Phillips, who added a home run of his own, led the Reds' offensive production on the afternoon.
Heisey wasted no time in helping the Reds pull ahead with a homerun in the first. Phillips walked prior to Heisey's bomb to give them a 2-0 lead. Scoring runs in the third and fourth thanks to a Kristopher Negron RBI triple and a Phillips solo home run extended the lead to 4-0.
Heisey launched his second homerun in the fifth inning following a Phillips RBI single pushing the lead to eight. Phillips was 2-for-2 on the day with three RBI's and three runs scored.
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"I was able to take advantage of two mistakes today, and that's really the name of the game when you're up there," Heisey said after going 2-for-3 on the day with four RBI's and two runs scored. . "These guys, when they're making their pitches, it's tough to get hits. But you have to be able to take advantage of the mistakes."