Sunday, March 4, 2012

Chapman K's three as Reds beat Tribe 8-6

After the game ended in a tie yesterday, the Reds picked up their first win of Spring Training on a gorgeous, Arizona Sunday afternoon, triumphing by a score of 8-6 over the Indians. Here is the good, the bad, and some notables from Sunday's "titanic struggle."

The Good:
-Miguel Cairo had a big day going 2-3 with a double, a run scored, and three RBIs.
-Zack Cozart went 2-3 with a double and a run scored.
-Willie Harris collected a couple of two-out RBIs for his first of the spring.
-Wilson Valdez picked up an RBI on two singles, and also scored a run.
-Dioner Navarro went yard, with a solo shot in the eighth.
-Carlos Fisher and Sean Gallagher each pitched two shutout innings to finish the game, with Gallagher getting the save.
-Aroldis Chapman struck out three batters in two innings, although he did allow two hits, a walk, and an earned run in his first appearance of the spring. He also picked off a runner at first.
-The Redlegs are still undefeated!

The Bad:
-Homer Bailey had a rough spring debut, surrendering three runs, all earned, on four hits and a walk, including a three run home run in the bottom of the first. He did strike out two Indians.
-The newly extended Sean Marshall allowed two earned, on two hits and a walk.
-Ryan Hanigan stranded three men, going 0-3, while grounding into the only Reds' double play.
-Todd Frazier stranded four runners, while Kris Negron left three men on the base paths.

The Notables:
-The Reds chased Indians' starter Ubaldo Jiminez from the game after just one inning scoring five runs against him in the first frame, although only one was earned.
-Through two Spring Training games, Drew Stubbs has not struck out once.
-New closer Ryan Madson "has a little irritation in his arm" according to what Dusty Baker told Mark Sheldon on Bill Bray is close to returning from a strained left groin.

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