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.