Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cueto shaky in 7-3 loss to Rockies

The Reds (10-14-1) made a trek to Scottsdale on Sunday and were handed a 7-3 defeat by the Colorado Rockies (12-10). Johnny Cueto started the game for the visitors, but was victimized by the longball on three occasions. Here's a full recap of all the good, the bad, and the notables from the exhibition match:

The Good:
- Cincinnati's offense actually outhit Colorado's by a tally of 11 to 8.
- Three of those hits came off the bat of Chris Heisey. He raised his average to .214 and picked up his fifth stolen base of the preseason.
- Zack Cozart drilled his seventh double of the spring, and added a single as well, raising his average to a sizzling .452. The shortstop also laid down a successful sacrifice bunt. This guy can do it all.
- Joey Votto pitched in a pair of singles and an RBI.
- Logan Ondrusek pitched a perfect inning of relief while striking out two.

The Bad:
- Johnny Cueto had a rough go of it. The right-hander allowed six hits and five runs (all earned) in six innings of work. He also surrendered three homeruns (two off the bat of Todd Helton).
- Sam LeCure's ERA ballooned to 9.28 after permitting two runs in one inning of relief.
- The offense stranded 11 runners on base.
- Jay Bruce was hitless in five plate appearances. He went down on strikes twice.
- Drew Stubbs was 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts as well. However, he was credited with a sacrifice fly in the second.

The Notables:
- The squad made eight more cuts on Sunday to trim the roster total to 33.
- A rather large crowd of 12,482 took in the affair under overcast skies.
- The "regulars" played all nine innings for the first time this spring.
- Jeff Francis takes the hill in the team's upcoming game on Monday against the Rangers. Bill Bray and Jose Arredondo are scheduled to follow in relief. First pitch is slated for 9:05 PM ET.

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