Three runs in the ninth carry the Reds to a victory over the Yanks today in Grapefruit League action. A Bobby Estallela double plated Edwin Encarnacion for the go-ahead run.
Felipe Lopez had three hits, including a doublt, and started at SS. Unfortunately for those who hope to see Lopez starting full-time at SS this season, Rich Aurilia had a couple of knocks as DH. Kearns (two doubles), Estalella, and Encarnacion each had multi-hit games, too.
Ramon Ortiz and Ricky Stone each got roughed up, but the rest of the staff held the Yankees in check. Of note: Graves and Mercker pitched scoreless innings, and Todd Coffey got the save with a shutout inning.
Split-squad games against Pittsburgh tomorrow.