Monday, April 2, 2012

Arroyo with strong spring finale as Reds prevail over the Tribe

Will Arroyo rebound in 2012?
Monday was chock-full of Reds news with the announcement of the 25-man roster, and the reports that strongly suggested the Reds have reached a 10-year extension with Joey Votto. Among all that news however, the Reds did play their final 2012 Cactus League game. Bronson Arroyo and the Reds (15-17) overcame Josh Tomlin and the Indians (7-2), winning 2-1 on the final day of Spring Training.

Here's a breakdown of the good, the bad, and the notables from Monday:

The Good:
-Arroyo had a solid tuneup in the final game, allowing just one earned run, while striking out four over 6.1 innings.
-Jose Arredondo, Sam LeCure, and Drew Hayes finished the game throwing 2.2 scoreless innings with LeCure allowing the only hit.
-Drew Stubbs went 2-2, finishing the spring with a .292 batting average.
-The Reds only had five hits on the day, but it didn't take a hit to score either of their runs. Chris Heisey and Devin Mesoraco went a combined 0-1, but each contributed an RBI.
-Miguel Cairo and Scott Rolen finished the spring as hot as they started, as both went 1-2 on the day. Cairo finished at .349, while Rolen's BA was .356.

The Bad:
-As mentioned, the Reds only had five total hits on the day, and were 0-3 with runners in scoring position. Six players went 0-2 on the day.
-Cairo committed his second fielding error of the spring.
-The Reds hit into two double plays on the day.

The Notables:
-2,962 fans showed up to see the Reds' final spring training game. By Arizona standards, it was a chilly 68-degree day, as the fans enjoyed a Reds' victory.
-If you haven't heard yet, sources have indicated that the Reds and Joey Votto have agreed to a 10-year, $225 million extension.
-The Reds finished 15-17 on the spring, and appear ready to roll into the season, which opens on Thursday, April 5th at Great American Ball Park against the revamped Miami Marlin$ at 4:05pm EST.

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