In Sunday’s Grapefruit League action, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays defeated the Reds 7-5. The Rays used a 4 run 6th inning to take a 6-0 lead. The Reds made the game close by tacking on 4 runs in the bottom half of the 9th inning for the final margin.

The Reds struggled offensively, recording just 7 hits compared to 15 by Tampa Bay. Tuffy Rhodes and Quentin McCracken each went 1 for 1 with a run scored. Edwin Encarnacion continues his stellar play at 3b, going 1-3 with another rbi. Encarncion now has 7 runs batted in to lead the Reds thus far in Spring Training. In 4 spring games thus far, Edwin is batting .500/.571-/1.417 for a combined OPS of 1.988. I’ll take that! 🙂

Phil Dumatrait took the loss for the Reds. He went 2 innings, allowing 1 run on 2 hits and 2 walks. This was Phil’s first action of the year. Other Red notables who may be fighting for a spot on the staff were Chris Hammond who threw 1 scoreless inning, Jason Standridge who threw an inning, allowing 2 hits and a run, as well as Todd Coffey who pitched a scoreless 9th.


4 Responses

  1. Chad

    Boy, we’ve seen some terrible pitching thus far. It’s not encouraging.

    What is exciting, however, is seeing Encarnacion continue to play well. He has to, or Narron would start Aurilia or Womack or someone. Heck, Narron still might.

  2. Philip

    Lets face it…no matter who the owner is, for some reason the Reds are inept at finding or bringing out of their system, good pitching. And our managers are horrible at putting out the best lineup possible.
    Every time I feel a little hope, whoever the Reds manager is brings me back to reality with a stupid decision.
    I’m afraid we might be in for more of the same, when if we had a decent manager or leadership in general, we could actually contend.

  3. Philip

    Just a reminder…we as Reds fans have given the benefit of the doubt to some of the biggest losers in the world because we love baseball and want to win. Just saying, we might be in for more of the same. Hope not.

  4. Philip

    I’m not saying that, what I’m saying is don’t get all giddy too soon. I believe he’s better, & will do better, but how much better. Remember, Homer Simpson could have run the team better than our previous group of leaders, so of course the new regime is better. How much better remains to be seen. So far…our pitching still sucks!!!