Friday, March 16, 2012

Halos turn away punchless Reds, 3-1

Tempe, Arizona -- Cincinnati's trip to Tempe ended in defeat as the host Angels (7-5) turned away the Reds (5-9-1) by a score of 3-1 on Thursday. Both clubs trotted out their aces in this one and the box score reflects exactly that -- the game featured very little offense. Here's the good, the bad and the notables from the exhibition contest:

The Good:
- Johnny Cueto started and fared relatively well against Los Angeles' regulars. The right-hander held them to two runs (one earned) on four hits in four innings of work. He struckout three and walked just one.
- Sean Marshall struckout a pair in one scoreless inning of relief.
- Denis Phipps doubled off of Angels ace C.J. Wilson TWICE. He's batting a solid .360 on the spring.
- Thank God these games don't count.

The Bad:
- Cincy's 1, 2 and 3 hitters combined to go 0-for-12. Not going to win many ball games doing that.
- Chris Heisey was hitless in three at-bats, lowering his average to .115.
- The offense had just four hits on the afternoon.
- Not only did the team struggle to get on base via hit, they failed to draw a single walk.
- Todd Frazier uncorked a wild throw, thus resulting in an error. He was also 0-for-2 at the plate.
- The Redlegs have now lost five consecutive games and seven of their last eight.

The Notables:
- It took a swifty two hours and thirteen minutes to complete the affair.
- 9,337 fans were in attendance and were treated to sunny, 77-degree conditions.
- Albert Pujols was 0-for-3 in his first appearance against the Reds as an Angel.
- Closer Ryan Madson is ready to resume game action after nursing a sore right elbow. “It’s pretty close to 100 percent right now,” said Madson.
- The Reds return home to host the Rockies on Friday at 10:05 PM ET. Mat Latos is scheduled to start and will be relieved by Brett Tomko, Carlos Fisher and Josh Judy.

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