Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bats erupt in 10-2 win over Giants

by: Matt Bollmann
Staff Writer

Scottsdale, Arizona -- The Reds (14-16) traveled to Scottsdale on Saturday to take on the San Francisco Giants (16-13). It was a game that saw the Reds win 10-2 and moves them into position to finish the spring schedule with a .500 record, if they win their last two games. Jeff Francis pitched for the Reds matched up against Giants reliever Guillermo Mota. Let’s take a look at the good, the bad, and the notables from today’s game against the Giants:

The Good:
- Jeff Francis pitched seven strong innings in his last tuneup of the spring. He surrenered two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out two. He also gave up a home run. His spring ERA stands at 6.65. Francis also had a hit at the plate going 1-for-4.
- Bill Bray and Sean Marshall each added a scoreless inning in relief. They both struck out one and gave up one hit.
- Scott Rolen was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs. His spring average now stands at .349.
- Jay Bruce also went 2-for-3 with an RBI. His spring average stands at .353.
- Todd Frazier was 1-for-1 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored. He now boasts 14 RBIs this spring.
- Drew Stubbs was a perfect 2-for-2 with a run scored.
- The Reds offense erupted for ten runs on EIGHTEEN hits!
- The pitching staff only gave up two runs and five total hits.
- The Reds defense rolled up three double plays.

The Bad:
- Zack Cozart was 0-for-2 at the plate today with three runners left on base. His average dropped (yes, I did say dropped) to .377.
- Ryan Ludwick was 0-for-3 with three runners left on base.
- Joey Votto and Chris Heisey were both gunned down trying to steal.
-  Heisey and Stubbs were both picked off while on base.
- Devin Mesoraco had a passed ball today. That’s his second of the spring.

The Notables:
- Former Red Jeremy Affeldt took the loss giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits in one inning of work.
- It was a hot 88 degrees and sunny today in a game that took only 2 hours and 38 minutes. A quick game for the 9,737 in attendance.
Up next: Cincinnati welcomes the Chicago White Sox to Goodyear Park on Sunday. Right-hander Mat Latos (2-0, 2.41) gets the ball for the home squad opposite of Jake Peavy (1-2, 8.68 ERA). Logan Ondrusek and Sean Gallagher are scheduled to pitch in relief. First pitch is slated for an odd time of 4:07 PM.
- We are now under five days away from Opening Day!

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