Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ludwick's walkoff blast lifts Reds past Angels

Ludwick may have gained some favor
with fans after one swing of the bat

Goodyear, Arizona -- Ryan Ludwick couldn't have picked a better time to unleash his first homer of the preseason on Wednesday, as his two-out, two-run dinger in the bottom of the ninth sent the Reds (11-16-1) past the visiting Angels (15-10) 5-4. Bronson Arroyo made the start and pitched relatively well for his club to help snap a 4-game losing skid. Here's a recap of the good, the bad and the notables from the affair:

The Good:
- Arroyo turned in an excellent outing. The right-hander tossed six innings and limited the Halos to four hits and two runs. He struckout five and walked only one.
- Brandon Phillips followed up a 4-5 game yesterday with a 2-2 showing today. He scored a run and also swiped a base.
- On the note of stolen bases, the Redlegs have successfully stolen 28 of 'em in 33 attempts this spring (85%).
- Ryan Hanigan doubled, singled and drove in a run in two plate appearances.
- Paul Janish hit a homerun, that's not a type. The light-hitting infielder muscled up in the eighth to record his first jack since God knows when.
- Logan Ondrusek notched the win after hurling two innings perfect baseball.
- Reds hitters went down on strikes on just four occasions.

The Bad:
- Left-handed prospect Travis Webb (not to be confused with Travis Wood) yiedled a two-run homer in his lone inning of work. It was the only hit he allowed, but he did walk two.
-Todd Frazier was hitless in three trips to the dish. His batting average now stands at .227.
- Joey Votto's preseason average dipped to .214 after an 0-for-2 day.

The Notables:
- Cincinnati arch-nemesis Albert Pujols did not see action in the contest.
- The team trimmed the roster down to 30 on Wednesday as Corky Miller, Dioner Navarro and Daryl Jones were all assigned to the minor league camp.
- It was also announced that Nick Masset will begin the year on the 15-day DL due to inflammation in his shoulder -- @RedlegsWriter was all over it earlier in this post. The loss of Masset further complicates the decision on what to do with Aroldis Chapman. And Opening Day now looms just a mere week away.
- Up next for the Reds is a road bout with the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. Chapman looks to continue his impressive showing this spring opposite of Randy Wolf (3-0, 3.26 ERA). Mike Leake and and Bill Bray are also scheduled to pitch. The game is scheduled to begin at 4:05 PM ET.
- Homer Bailey, Sam LeCure and Jose Arredondo will pitch in a minor league game on Thursday as well.

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