Thursday, March 15, 2012

Kershaw, Dodgers show no mercy

Clayton Kershaw

Goodyear, Arizona -- As if dropping an exhibition game against the Padres earlier in the day wasn't enough, the Reds (5-8-1) dropped another split-squad contest on Wednesday night, a 9-1 defeat to the hands of Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers (7-2). Here's the (little) good, the bad and a few notables from late last night:

The Good:
- The team managed to avoid being shutout thanks to an RBI-single by Joey Votto in the fifth.
- They committed no errors defensively.
- Paul Janish and David Vidal each recorded a double.
- Clay Zavada, Logan Ondrusek, Daniel Corcino and Pedro Villarreal combined to toss 4 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball in relief.
- Jay Bruce singled to extend his hitting streak to 7-games. He also pegged out a runner at home to collect an outfield assist.
- The game (and day) is over.

The Bad:
- Reds starters continue to struggle this spring as Homer Bailey lasted only 2 1/3 frames in his outing. The righty surrenedered six hits, four walks and six runs (all earned). His ERA now stands at 11.05 on the year.
- Ryan Ludwick and Votto each struckout twice. All in all, the team went down on strikes a grand total of 12 times.
- Cincinnati managed only six hits.
- Kanekoa Texeira allowed three hits, two walks and three runs in his two innings of relief.
- Juan Francisco and Drew Stubbs both were 0-for-3 with a K.
- Rookie catcher Devin Mesoraco continues to look lost at the dish after his 0-for-2 day dropped his spring average to .133 (2-15).
- Dusty Baker's bunch has now lost four in a row.

The Notables:
- A modest crowd of 3,737 turned out for the affair.
- Los Angeles moves to a perfect 5-0 in road games this preseason.
- Aroldis Chapman expressed his preference in starting over relieving on Wednesday. “I’ve always been a starter and I always like to be a starter,” Chapman said through a translator. “I’m looking to be a starter, and that’s what I’d like to do.”
- Up next for the Redlegs is a trip to to Tempe Diablo Stadium to clash with another Los Angeles-based team. Johnny Cueto will face the Angels' C.J. Wilson in a game scheduled to begin around 4:10 PM.

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