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 didn’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 he’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 wasn’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, it’s hard to keep track of who’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

DeSclafani p

Reds vs. Rockies

Negron 5, Waldrop 3, Phillips 4, Boesch 8, Byrd 7, Lutz 9, Suarez 6, Perez DH, Barnhart 2

20 Responses

  1. Jeremy Conley

    I’m watching the the Reds-Angels game if anyone else is on. Desclafani is back on the mound and looking good against Mike Trout. I think Desclafani might do well to learn a 2-seem fastball because his 4-seem doesn’t have much movement, but I really like the look of his slider. It really just moves down, not much side-to-side action, but he releases it just like his fastball and the downward movement is very tight.

    He’s gotten a lot of swings and misses over the top of it.

  2. Jeremy Conley

    Y-Rod with a walk. What a huge boost it would be for the Reds organization if he turned into an impact player.

    • WVRedlegs

      He has the best OF arm in the organization. It is a missile launcher. I saw him last year field a hit in the right-center gap, pivot and throw a frozen rope to second base. The second baseman had to reach up right above his head to field the throw. The apex of that throw was no more than 20 feet, probably a couple of feet lower. It was a laser beam.

  3. Jeremy Conley

    The straight fastball seemed to get the better of Desclafani in the 3rd. Everything that was hit was on the ground, but it was all ripped pretty hard, and it ended up with a lot of singles and 3 runs scoring. His command is good, but he gives up a lot of hard contact.

  4. Jeremy Conley

    Chapman comes in for his second inning of work. Something he often does in spring training, but never in the regular season. Somehow that seems like rubbing salt in the wound.

    • lwblogger2

      He’s a catcher. He’s a former 1st round draft choice for them. Reds signed him as a free-agent to a minor-league deal with an invite I believe.

      • lwblogger2

        “them” being the Marlins. Sorry about that.

  5. lwblogger2

    When was Mes diagnosed with a concussion? Apparently he took a foul tip off the mask Saturday and has had symptoms since. He should be fine but it’s something to watch out for.

    • Jeremy Conley

      Yeah, I saw that too. Also that Phillips, Frazier, and Hamilton are all out because of minor injuries. I believe that they are all minor, but it’s not exactly the news I wanted to hear after last year.

    • vegastypo

      He told C. Trent that he had a concussion in 2010, and he had one late in the 2012 season, and when he returned from the DL, Dusty pretty much ignored him….. Can’t help wondering whether this would merit consideration of a position change. This concussion was on a foul tip, and the 2010 and 2012 concussions were on collisions.

      • redmountain

        And where would you play him? There are a number of OFers, and 1st is not an option unless Votto goes down.

      • vegastypo

        I have no idea where they would play him, and I wasn’t necessarily suggesting the change could be made this season, though the word ‘concussion’ surely sets off alarms now more than ever……… It would take a fair amount of planning, yes, to open up a spot elsewhere, though if we had a backup catcher who could hit, I’d welcome Mr. Byrd to the bench.

        I found it interesting that on the pregame show a few days ago, just before the game when the four regulars were scratched from the lineup, Price said that all four could have probably played that day, if this were the regular season, but since it was spring training, they weren’t going to take any chances. Seems more serious now …

      • lwblogger2

        Well if he continues to have concussion problems, you pretty much do have to move him. Like @RedMountain says though, the question would be where?

    • ohiojimw

      I saw on Twitter where the Reds are listing Meso as out “indefinitely”. The Enquirer quoted the Reds as saying Meso’s injury was the most “serious” of the four would be starters not playing today.

      Given the emerging knowledge about concussion and its after effects, three confirmed and acknowledged concussions, the two most recent in about a 2.5 year span are nothing to be taken lightly.

      Hopefully Meso will be back up to speed quickly but it is nothing to take for granted at this point.

      • lwblogger2

        Agreed. They have taken some players out of the game completely.

      • ohiojimw

        And crossing sports, some like Crosby (Pitt Pens) sit long periods after and between concussions and at some point we realize they just are never quite going to be the player they once were.

  6. preacherj

    The Cowboy is very impressed with Travesio’s mechanics and composure. Nice to hear.

  7. preacherj

    Juan Duran with the walk off homer for the win.