Saturday, March 17, 2012

Reds get back on track versus Rockies

by: Matt Bollman
Staff Writer

The Reds (6-9-1) faced off in a late eastern time zone start against the Rockies (7-7) on Friday night. Mat Latos took the ball matched up against Colorado's Alex White. Cincy got back to their winning ways by knocking off the Rockies by a tally of 4-3. Let’s take a look at the good, the bad, and the notables from tonight's game:

The Good:
- Mat Latos pitched four solid innings giving up no runs on two hits. He struck out three batters and also got credited with the win. His ERA on the spring now stands at 2.00.
- Brett Tomko pitched three perfect innings, retiring all the batters he faced, while striking out three.
- Drew Stubbs went 1-for-2 with his only hit being a three run home run. That puts his average now at .353. Stubbs also added a stolen base.
- Henry Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with his hit knocking in the fourth of the Reds’ runs.
- The 5-game losing skid is over!

The Bad:
- Carlos Fisher pitched two innings and gave up three runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out one.
- Joey Votto was 0-for-3 at the plate with a strikeout and three runners left on base.
- Jay Bruce was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and three runners left on base.
- The Reds as a team went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left a total of seven men on base.
- The offense continues to sputter. They mustered just five hits and left a whopping 16 men stranded on the base paths.

The Notables:
- In what was a night game in Goodyear, Arizona the weather was a perfect 79 degrees and clear with 6,700 fans in attendance.
- Former Cincinnati Reds, Ramon Hernandez, Wilkin Castillo, and Brendan Harris all made appearances in the game. The three went a combined 1-for-4 with a walk against their former team.
- Overall the Reds pitching was great, outside of Carlos Fisher. The pitching staff gave up three runs on seven hits. All three runs were credited to Fisher as well as five of the hits.
- Up next for Cincinnati is an intrastate clash with Cleveland at 4:05 PM ET on Saturday. Bronson Arroyo will get the starting nod in hopes of erasing the afterthoughts of his last start, which was disastrous. The Tribe will counter with Ubaldo Jimenez.

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