The Reds found the smiling side of the scoreboard again in Cactus league action yesterday, with a 10-1 drubbing of the Seattle Mariners (Boxscore). This one didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get out of hand until Joe Saunders gave up 6 runs in the 8th, but there were lots of positives throughout the game for the Reds.
Jay Bruce: Jay hit a long home run out to center field, a lot like the double he hit against Cleveland in his first spring game. That, combined with his ground ball single against the shift makes me feel good about where Jay is. A lot of us have been worried about his health and productivity after last season, but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s flashing big power to center field and making good contact, so my fears are quieting pretty quickly.
Power, patience, and contact: Is that really so much to ask for? For these Reds, no, it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t. The Reds hit three home runs, with shots from Lutz and my personal minor league darling Kyle Waldrop, and added three doubles and a triple from shortstops Cozart and Suarez, and Yorman Rodriquez. The Reds also drew five walks (two from Skip Schumaker!) while only striking out 6 times. That is getting it done.
Staring (?) Pitching: With so many pitchers in camp, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard to keep track of whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s competing for what job. Jason Marquis would seem to only qualify for a starting role given his track record, and he looked sharp for the second time in a row, pitching three perfect innings with three strikeouts.
I thought that Keyvius Sampson (the guy we got off waivers from San Diego) was going to be a reliever, but he also pitched three more scoreless innings, so it looks like the Reds are stretching him out to start as well, though I would imagine for Louisville. Raisel Iglesias got the nerves out of the way and delivered two scoreless innings to finish the game off. While he struck out two, he also allowed two doubles.
Today’s Games: The Reds go with a split squad today, taking on the Angels with most of their regulars, and the Rockies with the B-Squad. The lineups are posted below, per John Fay. You can listen to the game against the Angels on WLW or watch on MLB.tv if you have it. Discuss the previous game’s awesomeness or the awesomeness to come below.
Reds vs. Angels
Bourgeois 8, Votto 3, Dominguez 5, Bruce 9, Pena DH, Cozart 6, Schumaker 4, Rodriguez 8, Skipworth 2
Reds vs. Rockies
Negron 5, Waldrop 3, Phillips 4, Boesch 8, Byrd 7, Lutz 9, Suarez 6, Perez DH, Barnhart 2