Saturday, March 24, 2012

Cozart Stays Hot But Former Reds Show Potential as Padres Win 5-2

In a game that will surely have people discussing the Mat Latos trade once again, Edison Volquez pitched his best game of Spring Training and Yonder Alonso scored 2 runs as the Padres (13-9) beat the Reds (9-12) As we know, those were 2 of the 4 players sent in the trade to bring Latos to the Reds. However, it is important to remember that it is just ONE spring training game and let's not overreact about the trade just yet. Let's take a look at the rest of the game with a quick overview looking once again at the good, the bad, and the notables.

The Good:
-Zack Cozart had another great day at the ballpark. He scored both runs, while also earning a walk and stealing a base.
-Sean Marshall pitched 2 perfect innings in relief and struck out three.
-Carlos Fisher pitched a solid 2 innings in relief. He gave up 3 hits but did not allow a run and struck out 3 as well.
-The Reds pitchers worked well with their catchers catching 3 Padres trying to steal a base.

The Bad:
-The Reds only managed 5 hits with no player having more than 1.
-Out of 30 at-bats the Reds struck out 12 times.
-Joey Votto was hitless for the game and struck out twice. He is hitting .138 for the spring.
- Bronson Arroyo struggled with command through 4 innings. He gave up 6 hits, 5 runs, and 5 walks. His ERA sits at a high 7.62

The Notables:
-Ryan Madson is on his way back to Cincinnati to let Dr. Tim Kremchek take a look at his elbow. Tests are being done today. Check back for details as they come in.
- The Reds play a spilt squad today. Aroldis Chapman and Homer Bailey who by most accounts are still battling for the 5th starting rotation spot are starting in the respective games. Games start at 4:05
-If you haven't seen it Sports Illustrated picked the Cincinnati Reds to win the division but ultimately falling to the Giants.

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