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