Monday, March 5, 2012

Reds strike early & often in 12-7 win over Tribe

While a blanket of snow covered most of Reds country on Monday, it was all sunshine in Arizona as the Redlegs (2-0-1) pummeled the Indians (0-2-1) 12-7. The team used a 5-run second and a 4-run sixth to propel themselves to victory. Here's the good, the bad and some notables on the Spring Training affair:

The Good:
- Jay Bruce collected two hits, drew a walk, and drove in a pair. He looks poised for a BIG season.
- Free agent signee Jeff Francis hurled two perfect innings in his spring debut.
- Veteran Corky Miller popped a two-run bomb in the sixth.
- Drew Stubbs reached base safely in two plate appearances and has yet to strikeout in seven plate appearances this spring.
- Joey Votto "hit it were they weren't" with a 2-run single in the second. His check-swing hit sneaked right through an opening in the infield between short and third.
- Ace Johnny Cueto looked good in his first start of the preseason holding the Indians to two hits and a run over two innings. He also fanned a pair.
- Paul Janish reached base three times (all via walk) and scored twice.
- The offense knocked Cleveland ace Justin Masterson out of the game after he recorded just four outs. They lit him up for six runs (all earned) and five hits.
- The defense as a whole did not commit an error.
- Cincinnati is still undefeated.

The Bad:
- Sam LeCure was roughed up for four hits and three runs in his two innings of work.
- Roster hopeful Josh Judy allowed two runs and two hits in one inning of relief.
- Offseason acquisition Ryan Ludwick went 0-for-3 with two K's and stranded four runners.
- Utilityman Miguel Cairo left four runners "high and dry" as well in two trips to the dish.

The Notables:
- The game was played under sunny skies and a gametime temperature of 78 degrees.
- Monday's contest also marked the first and only game to be televised by Fox Sports Ohio this spring.
- Newcomer Mat Latos will make his much-anticipated debut on Tuesday against the Mariners (3:05 PM ET). Seattle will counter with ace Felix Hernandez.
- Cincinnati defeated the Mariners in the "B" game earlier on Monday. Prospects Daniel Corcino, Kyle Lotzkar and Pedro Villarreal each tossed two scoreless innings a piece.

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