Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Francis Hurts Rotation Chances - Takes Loss in 12-2 blowout

The Cincinnati Reds (10-15) threw out what could be considered the minor league team against the Texas Rangers (7-16) and it showed. After a scoreless first inning the Reds fell behind early giving up multiple runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th inning and were never able to recover. Despite wanting to put this game out of memory here is a look at the usual, Good, Bad and Notables from last night.

The Good
-Bill Bray made his first appearance of spring. He pitched 1 inning of relief giving up 2 hits but striking out 3 batters.
-Travis Webb threw 1 inning of perfect baseball striking out 1 in the process.
-Juan Francisco hit a 2 out 2-run home-run
-The Reds did not have an error

The Bad
- Jeff Francis pitched only 3.0 innings (and an additional 3 batters in the 4th, before getting pulled) as he attempts to claim the 5th spot in the rotation
- In those 3.0 innings he gave up 11 hits, 11 earned runs. Not what anyone wants to see in that situation
- Francis saw faced 21 batters in the game. Scott Feldmen, the Rangers winning pitcher, faced the same amount through 6 innings.
Nick Christiani came in for relief of Francis and promptly gave up another run.
-Daniel Dorn was the only player not to strike out for the Reds as the team totaled 13.
- 10 runners were left on base.

The Notables
-Mat Latos is scheduled to make the start today. He is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA so far this season. He will face the Matt Garza and the Cubs at 4:05 ET
-Sean Marshall will pitch in relief of Latos. There has been no official word yet, but expect him to be placed as the closer when the season starts.
-Look for more of the starters to play today
- Despite so many hits, and runs, the game still lasted less than 3 hours. The official time was 2:52

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