Friday, March 9, 2012

Reds split a pair in split-squad doubleheader

Cincinnati had double the fun on Friday as the team partook in a split-squad doubleheader. Homer Bailey got the starting nod at home as the Reds (4-3-1) went on to defeat the Royals (4-3) 5-1 at Goodyear Ballpark. Meanwhile, the rest of Dusty Baker's bunch took to the road and were treated to a 6-3 loss against the Giants (5-2) in Scottsdale. Here's the good, the bad and some notables from both games today.

The Good:
vs. Royals
-Bailey looked sharp in his second outing of the spring tossing three innings of scoreless ball.
-The bullpen fared quite well in their own right, combining for six innings pitched, one run, four hits, a walk and five punchouts. Josh Judy, Pedro Villarreal, Andrew Brackman and Nick Christiani all contributed to the effort.
-Donald Lutz provided most of the team's scoring by delivering a 3-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. It was his second of the preseason.
-The Reds rolled a pair of double plays and committed no errors defensively.
-Cincinnati was 3-for-4 with RISP and stranded only three runners all game long.

vs. Giants
-No errors were committed by the guys in Red.
-Aroldis Chapman started and fanned two over two innings.
-Miguel Cairo was credited with a stolen base.
-Todd Frazier belted his second homer of the spring. A solo shot in the top of the sixth.
-Daniel Dorn, Ryan Ludwick and Wilson Valdez each recorded a double.

The Bad:
vs. Royals
-Cincy hitters were retired on strikes 11 times.
-The offense mustered just six hits.
-Dioner Navarro was 0-for-2 and is now hitting .091 on the spring.
-Paul Janish was also 0-for-2 and is batting .154.

vs. Giants
-Sam LeCure was shelled in his two innings of work. The right-hander allowed five hits, a walk and four runs (all earned)to raise his ERA for the preseason to 15.75.
-Top pitching prospect Daniel Corcino surrendered four hits over two innings of relief. He did however, manage to only allow one run.
-The Reds offense was a dismal 1-for-14 with RISP and left 11 men on base.
-Devin Mesoraco was hitless in three trips to the plate. He's now batting .111 on the spring.
-Reds hitters combined to strikeout 11 times.

The Notables:
-There was a huge discrepancy in attendance for today's games. A crowd of 10,435 turned out for the Giants affair compared to just 2,105 for the Royals game.
-The Reds hit the road to clash with the Oakland A's at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 PM ET.
-Bill Bray and Nick Masset continue to be sidelined with injuries. Their condition is listed as day-to-day. Closer Ryan Madson long-tossed this morning for the first time after experiencing soreness in his elbow. He's expected to throw a bullpen session sometime this weekend.

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