Thursday, March 29, 2012

Chapman dominant again as Reds topple the Brewers

Will Chapman make the rotation?
The plot continues to thicken for Cincinnati, as Spring Training winds down and Aroldis Chapman continues to succeed as a starting pitcher. Today he and the Reds (12-16) outdueled Randy Wolf and the Brewers (11-14) by a score of 9-3. Chapman is really making this a tough decision for Reds' management.

Now for the good, the bad, and the notables from today's action:

The Good:
-Chapman hurled another five good innings today, as he gave up just two earned runs on seven hits, while striking out six. Chapman's spring ERA now stands at 2.12, over 17 innings pitched in which he's struck out 18 and walked just two hitters. Just for good measure, Chapman went 1-2 and got his first RBI of the spring as well.
-Bill Bray continues to recover nicely from his injury, throwing a hitless inning where he struck out one and walked one.
-Todd Frazier went 3-5 with two RBIs, while striking out once. He also gunned down the ever-belligerent Nyjer Morgan at second base from his spot in left field.
-Not to be left behind, Juan Francisco hit a solo shot, and had two total RBIs and a run scored on a 1-4 day where he also struck out twice.
-Ryan Ludwick went 3-4 with two runs scored, bringing his spring batting average up to .286.
-Wilson Valdez had a nice day going 2-5 with an RBI and a run scored. He was also able to swipe second base once today, for his second steal of the spring. Will he be one of the 25?
-The Reds collected 12 of their 13 hits and seven of their nine runs against Brewers' starter Randy Wolf.

The Bad:
-Zack Cozart came back down to earth with an 0-3 day, though he's still hitting .388 this spring.
-No one else really had that bad of a day, as the Reds pounded the Brew Crew.
-Ryan Braun (He's a bad guy now, right?)

The Notables:
-Per John Fay's Twitter account, speaking on whether Chapman would be in the rotation, Dusty Baker said, "We haven't come up with it yet. We haven't decided yet. There's more people involved than Chapman."
-The topic of much news this offseason, Braun went 1-3 on the day, and is batting .161 this spring.
-The game was played rather quickly in front of the 3,115 fans. It took just two hours and 31 minutes to finish the game on a lovely 81 degree and sunny day.

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