Monday, March 19, 2012

Bailey, Reds blank Sox 1-0

Homer Bailey

by: Matt Bollman
Staff Writer

The Reds (8-10-1) and the Chicago White Sox (5-11) faced off Monday in what turned out to be primarily a pitchers duel with little offense. The Reds got the best of the Sox and scored the only run of the game winning 1-0. Homer Bailey started for the Reds opposite of LHP Chris Sale. Let’s take a look at the good, the bad, and the notables from today’s game against Chicago:

The Good:
- Homer Bailey pitched four innings giving up three hits and striking out one.
- The entire Reds pitching staff which included Bailey, Nick Masset, Ron Mahay, Jose Arredondo, Logan Ondrusek, and Carlos Fisher tossed a four-hit shutout while striking out eight.
- Zack Cozart continued his hot spring going 2-for-2 with a double. His spring average now stands at .414.
- Wilson Valdez was 1-for-2 with the only RBI of the game.
- Todd Frazier had an outfield assist coming from left field.
- The team rolled up two double plays in today’s game.
- We're now less than 17 days from Opening day!

The Bad:
- Scott Rolen was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and four runners left on base.
- Joey Votto was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and two runners left on base. His spring average now stands at .174.
- Brandon Phillips was hitless on the afternoon as well (0-for-3). His preseason average now stands at .233.
- The Reds offense struggled to get anything going yet again in today’s game. The Reds batting average as a team stands 22nd in the MLB during Spring Training at .253.
- The offense managed just four hits (only one XBH) and went down on strikes nine times.

The Notables:
- It was a chilly 54 degrees for the 5,163 fans in attendance.
- The game was completed in a timely 2 hours and 14 minutes.
- Former Cincinnati Reds Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko went a combined 1-for-5 with a walk.
- Next up for the Reds: The Reds will take on the Mariners in Goodyear, Arizona with a 4:05 EST start time. Jay Bruce will be back in the lineup for the game against Seattle.

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