Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Chapman, Reds fall short to Friars


by: Matt Bollman
Staff Writer

The Reds (5-7-1) faced the Padres (6-7) today in a game that resulted in a 9-4 defeat. Aroldis Chapman made the start and pitched relatively well -- recording his longest outing of the spring. As solid as the Cuban Missile pitched, the Reds did come up short against the Friars. Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the notables from today’s game:

The Good:
- Aroldis Chapman pitched three innings giving up only one run while striking out two batters. He walked none and added in two pickoffs as well.
- Todd Frazier added another hit along with two RBIs to continue his hot hitting in the spring.
- Willie Harris was 2-for-3 with a run scored, raising his average to .263.
- Scott Rolen also added another hit raising his preseason average to .500.
- The offense pounded out 13 hits.
- Cincinnati pitchers did not walk a single batter. Perhaps because they kept piping the ball right over the plate?

The Bad:
- Jose Arredondo in one inning of work allowed four runs on four hits. He also balked.
- Ron Mahay allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits in one inning of work.
- Zack Cozart had a rough day in the field with one error and also had a rough day at the plate going 0-for-3 with two runners left on base.
- Dioner Navarro also had a rough day at the plate going 0-for-4 with a strikeout and four runner left on base.
- The Reds pitching staff as a whole gave up 9 runs on 16 hits to the Padres.

The Notables:
- Former Reds prospect Yasmani Grandal entered the game as a defensive sub in the bottom of the seventh. He grounded out in his only plate appearance.
- RHP Brad Boxberger also made an appearance against his former team today. He pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to nail down the victory.
- It was a perfect day for baseball -- 75 degrees and sunny for the 2,271 fans in attendance.
- Up next for the Reds: The Reds will take on the Dodgers tonight at 10:05pm EST in the second part of their split squad games. Right hander Homer Bailey will take the ball for the Reds matched up against left-hander, and Cy Young Award winner, Clayton Kershaw.

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