Thursday, March 8, 2012

Reds outlast Brewers in slugfest

After getting blanked by the Padres on Wednesday, the Redlegs (3-2-1) offense returned with a vengeance on Thursday en route to an 8-6 victory over Milwaukee (2-2). Surprisingly, the offensive surge was led by a host of younger players rather than the regulars. Here's a gander at the good, the bad and a few notables from Cincy's win today:

The Good:
-The offense pounded out 14 hits after managing just 3 in their loss against San Diego.
-Juan Francisco and Mike Costanzo both homered.
-Didi Gregorius came off the bench and promptly went 2-for-2 with a triple and a run scored.
-Denis Phipps continues to impress after picking up a pair of singles and scoring a run.
-Daryl Jones also collected a pair of singles and plated a run.
-Sean Gallagher hurled three scoreless innings in relief to record his second save of the spring. The right-hander also managed to pick-off a runner in the eighth.
-The team was flawless defensively committing no errors.
-Dusty Baker and the squad notch a win to end a mini, 2-game losing skid.

The Bad:
-Newcomer Sean Marshall was roughed up once again in his second appearance of the preseason. The southpaw allowed a two-run dinger to reigning MVP Ryan Braun in his only inning of work. He also walked a batter.
-Reds pitchers combined to strikeout just ONE Brewers hitter all afternoon. Not exactly the mark of dominance.
-Jordan Smith was torched for four hits and three runs in one lone inning of relief. He also walked one.
-Neftali Soto was 0-for-3 with a couple of strikeouts.

The Notables:
-Bill Bray continues to be bothered by a groin injury that could lead Aroldis Chapman moving back to the 'pen indefinitely. "We’ve got the luxury of three lefties in the bullpen — or potentially three lefties," says Baker.
-Nick Masset reportedly felt soreness his throwing shoulder during his outing on Wednesday. The right-hander seems confident he'll recover shortly. "I’ll take a couple days off from throwing to get the sore out.”
-Zack Cozart remains limited because of a sore throwing arm. He's being cautiously guarded.
-The team will take part in a split-squad doubleheader on Friday. Homer Bailey will get the nod in a home game versus Kansas City, while Chapman will take the hill on the round against the Giants. Both games are slated to begin at 3:05 PM ET.

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