The score and individual performances don’t mean much of anything about how the regular season will go. But after a five month wait, that sure was fun.

Hitting: The heart of the Reds starting lineup hammered balls all over Goodyear Ballpark. Devin Mesoraco, Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce all hit shots that were close to home runs. The Reds scored their first run of spring training on a double by Brandon Phillips and a single by Mesoraco. Thirteen players got hits. The team struck out only five times and earned four walks.

Pitching: Seven Reds pitchers combined to shutout Cleveland. Jason Marquis and Keyvius Sampson pitched two innings each. J.J. Hoover struck out the side after the first two runners reached base. In total, Reds pitchers struck out nine, which is a good number but they also walked five.

Other reports on the game: Sheldon, Rosecrans, Fox Sports Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer,

Box Score

Spring training game and broadcast schedule.

  • Today’s game: vs. Cleveland, 3:05 p.m. ET
  • TV: FSO live, MLBN delayed (4 p.m.)
  • Radio: WSAI-1360

31 Responses

  1. w_c_hughes

    A Titanic Struggle Recap and yet we’re scheduled for 7 inches of snow…. Man Ohio is weird!

  2. Grand Salami

    It’s good to see the everyday players focused and competitive early on!

    Billy had all his outs on ground balls which isn’t a bad thing.
    Mes was robbed of a home run – man he is going to be a beast this year.
    After Hoover’s two hits he earned a visit to the mound from Mes. With three strikeouts to follow, I’d like to think that conference helped him out.

    • redmountain

      Hoover was up with his pitches, Mesoraco probably told him to lower his release point.

      • lwblogger2

        Either that or to finish his pitches.

  3. Steve Mancuso

    Lineup today:

    Hamilton CF
    Schumaker LF
    Frazier 3B
    Dominguez 1B
    Boesch RF
    Pena DH
    Cozart SS
    Negron 2B
    Barnhart C

    More exciting is the list of pitchers who will throw today: DeSclafani, Diaz, Gregg, Iglesias, LeCure, Lorenzen.

    Closely watching DeSclafani, Iglesias and Lorenzen.

    • preacherj

      I’m also closely watching LeCure. Do we get “Nails”, or the softball pitcher? If he throws to past capabilities, it would be a big boost for the pen.

  4. wizeman

    would like to see Iglesias throw two innings. was happy to see bruce, byrd and cozart hit balls up middle. mlb skipped a couple of innings so did not see waldrop and winker at bats.

  5. Paul

    My joy at hearing the Reds on the radio again can not be overstated. As others stated in the game thread, it was great to see the Reds taking advantage of walks and manufacturing runs. I almost passed out when they scored on a sac fly.

    The fact that many experts are predicting the Reds to be mediocre this year is actually a good thing for me. I think I’ll be able to relax and enjoy the games more without expecting too much. If they pleasantly surprise me that’s all the better.

    • lwblogger2

      That’s a C64 in that picture if I am seeing correctly.

      • lwblogger2

        Should have known from the shape of the top

    • JB WV

      My thoughts exactly, Paul. On the sac fly, the Bryan Price mantra of moving runners forward regardless of who’s on base will pay dividends. I see a more aggressive, focused team this year. After however many years of the same manager, and I don’t want to disparage Dusty, the “product” became stale. This is Price’s year to put his stamp on the team. He didn’t have a chance last year because of the injuries.

  6. Jake

    Unfortunately I missed this one. It’s good to see the recap though. The thing that kind of concerns me is Votto. If he’s doing as great as he says and has been doing drills and such, why is he not in the lineup? Why has he not been scheduled to play yet?

    • The Next Janish

      Agreed.
      Maybe last year stung the management so bad that they decided that they would no longer use the “we got Jack for that plan”; and take spring training to get a better feel for internal options for when JV needs/wants/ has to have a break.

  7. Art Wayne Austin

    Boesch and Lutz will battle for the 5th outfield spot. Neither stood out yesterday but 1st impression of Boesch was positive. Lutz’s must hit with more confidence, I mean, look big and bad.

  8. reaganspad

    Loved Jay’s Double of the center field wall. He goes that way this year and those 40 HRs I predicted for him last year pre injury will become a reality

    • charlottencredsfan

      Amen. I don’t know about 40 but I certainly expect 2013 JB rather than the 2014 version. At the same time, I place no limit on what Bruce can accomplish this year.

      That was the biggest attaboy of the day, to me.

  9. preacherj

    When you win 10-0, there are a lot of good things happening. I was excited by the manufactured runs. We left way, way too many opportunities on the field last season. Look at our one run game record last season. Reverse those numbers and the outcome may have been very different. This team simply cannot afford to squander those opportunities. I was also happy to see no stupid plays. We have to play fundamentally sound baseball if we are going to succeed. Hopefully that will continue into the post season

  10. charlottencredsfan

    BHam unloads on Tomlin for a ~385 foot homer. Not too bad.

    • Jeremy Conley

      That said, I did like his slider a lot. He kept it really tight, and it looked like his release point was very consistent with his fastball.

  11. Jeremy Conley

    Kevin Gregg still looks terrible. Which is not surprising, because he’s always been pretty bad.

  12. User1022

    I too am curious where the healthy, rarin’ to go Votto has been.

    The silence is deafening.

    • jdx19

      They’ve been saying (management and trainers) they want him to get a full compliment of drills in that he was unable to do before he got to Goodyear. I guess they mean the kind of drills that require specialized equipment, as well as running full speed around bases and stuff. So, once you do those things, you need to pause and evalute the results of those drills over a several day period.

      At least, that’s my guess for why Votto isn’t cleared to play yet.

      • lwblogger2

        Yes, perhaps being a little overcautious but in spring training that’s the way to go. I’m hoping Votto is indeed healthy and has a healthy, productive season.

      • jdx19

        I agree. A guy like Votto won’t benefit much from an extra 20-25 ABs against AA/AAA pitchers. Get him health, and he’ll be good to go on April 8th!

  13. charlottencredsfan

    The young Wallach just had a very nice AB that produced a walk. Think I heard his D is lacking some but I like his plate presence.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Wallach was shaky on defense today, with both Diaz and Iglesias pitching.

  14. charlottencredsfan

    Iglesias has a deceptive delivery – hides the ball very well before turning the ball loose. Looks a little hurried and you can’t blame him if he has a few butterflies.

    • jdx19

      Looks like his final line was 2 BB and a hit in 1 inning of work, giving up 2 unearned runs. I’m guessing, like you said, butterflies helped that a bit.

      • charlottencredsfan

        The Soto error seemed to un-glue him a bit. First impression: he looks pretty decent.