Saturday, March 17, 2012

Cozart shines as Reds hammer the Indians

A green Reds' hat? That ain't right.
It's just spring training but it's always nice to beat those rivals from the north and that's just what the Reds (7-9-1) did in convincing fashion on Saturday, beating the Indians (4-9) by a score of 9-2. Bronson Arroyo had his best outing of the spring, while Zack Cozart led the way offensively.

Now let's take a look at the good, the bad, and the notables from today's St. Patrick's Day bout:

The Good:
-Brandon Phillips got things off to a good start with a leadoff homerun.
-As mentioned Zack Cozart had a huge day, going 2-3, both triples, with three RBIs, and a run scored.
-Chris Valaika had a nice day, subbing in for Phillips, with two hits and two RBIs in three at-bats.
-Looking to get on track this spring, Chris Heisey had a strong 2-2 day, including two runs scored and two stolen bases.
-Bronson Arroyo had a great start, throwing four innings of one run ball, allowing four hits, while striking out two Indians, and walking none.
-Logan Ondrusek, Jose Arredondo, Kanekoa Texeira, and Andrew Brackman combined to throw four scoreless innings, with Texeira allowing the only hit.

The Bad:
-Joey Votto and Valaika each committed their first error of the spring.
-Votto, Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, and Juan Francisco, who will probably all be on the opening day 25-man roster, went a combined 0-8, though #Bruuuuuce did have an RBI.
-The Reds were just 3-12 with runners in scoring position.

The Notables:
-Today's Reds-Indians affair lasted 2:56, while 6,593 fans enjoyed some baseball on a cloudy 73-degree day.
-Tomorrow the Reds will face off against the Diamondbacks in Goodyear. Mike Leake will make the start, while Sean Marshall and Sam LeCure will pitch in relief according to


Cincinnati Sports All Day Everyday said...

Great news to hear about Arroyo, We need for him to produce this season, Great Blog you have going here. Go Reds

Jimmi Adair said...

I agree. A good season from Arroyo is much-needed.
And thanks for the kid words!