Sunday, April 1, 2012

Latos, Redlegs drop a slugfest to Sox

Goodyear, Arizona -- If you like offense you would've loved what transpired between the White Sox (13-17) and Reds (14-17-1) on Sunday. The two teams combined for 33 hits and 23 runs, but it was the Sox who prevailed in this one by a score of 13-10. Mat Latos received the start for Cincinnati in what was his last tuneup before the regular season.

Here's the scoop on the good, the bad and some notables regarding the matinee:

The Good:
-10 runs and 15 hits. You're going to win a lot of games with that kind of offensive outburst.
-Joey Votto laced three singles and scored a run to help raise his preseason average to .275.
-Ryan Ludwick clubbed his second homer of the spring in the bottom of the ninth (solo). He chipped in a 2-run single as well.
-Not to be outdone by his counterpart, Chris Heisey also homered in the bottom of the ninth. And like Ludwick, also had a single.
-Paul Janish doubled in a pair of runs in the eighth. He reached base via walk for the team-leading eighth time too.
-Devin Mesoraco legged out an RBI-triple.
-This game doesn't count toward the Reds' team ERA.

The Bad:
-13 runs and 18 hits. That's what the Cincy pitching staff allowed today. You're not going to win a lot of games giving up that much offense.
-Zack Cozart was hitless in three at-bats. He's still batting .357 on the spring though.
-Brandon Phillips and Ryan Hanigan failed to get in on the hit parade. They were both 0-for-2.
-Latos took the loss after surrendering eight hits and five runs (all earned) in 5.2 IP. Hopefully he fares better in his next start, which should come next Saturday on Opening Night.
-Bill Bray was rocked for five runs on four hits in his very brief outing. The left-hander was lifted after recording just two outs in the seventh.
-Sean Gallagher was guilty of two miscues on the afternoon. He also permitted six hits and three runs (two earned) in his 2.1 frames of work.
-This games doesn't count toward the Reds' offensive numbers.

The Notables:
-Sunny skies and 69-degree conditions is what the crowd of 2,888 was treated to.
-The roster picture is a little clearer after the team agreed to trade 3B Juan Francisco earlier in the day. The Reds acquired RHP J.J. Hoover from the Braves in return.
-Jeff Francis will begin the year in Triple-A Louisville, told GM Walt Jocketty to's Mark Sheldon on Sunday. Francis had been vying for the fifth spot in the rotation and/or a spot in the big club's bullpen.
-The team will do battle with the Cleveland Indians in their last game of the spring on Monday. Bronson Arroyo will get the ball to start and will be followed by Jose Arredondo, Logan Ondrusek and Sam LeCure. The game is set to get underway at 3:05 PM ET.

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