Wednesday at Goodyear Ballpark the Reds’ bullpen coughed up a late lead — sound familiar? — and the team dropped its second game in a row.

Final R H E
 Kansas City Royals (8-1) 5 10 0
 Cincinnati Reds (4-5-1) 2 8 1
W: Y. Pino (1-0) L: S. LeCure (0-1)
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Pitching: Paul Maholm started and tossed three scoreless frames, allowing one hit and one walk, ensuring his spring ERA remains at a Blutarsky level. Tony Cingrani followed and surrendered one run (a solo homer) in three innings, but the highlight of his tenure Wednesday were pickoffs of Christian Colon in the fifth and Bubba Starling in the sixth. Kevin Gregg danced around a pair of hits to deliver a scoreless seventh before the wheels came off in the final two innings with Sam LeCure (one inning, one hit, two runs, one walk, two strikeouts) and Daniel Corcino (one inning, three hits, two runs, one strikeout) coughing up the Reds’ 2-1 lead.

Hitting: The Reds pushed across their first run in third. Tucker Barnhart doubled to lead off the frame, then advanced to third on Jason Bourgeois’ groundout to second. Joey Votto’s sacrifice fly scored Barnhart on the next pitch. (Hooray for manufacturing runs!) Eugenio Suarez — remember, Zack Cozart’s job is safe — homered in the seventh. Cincinnati finished with eight hits, seven strikeouts, one walk and 12 men left on base.

The rest: Reds manager Bryan Price was happy with Maholm and praised Cingrani’s curveball. … For the lineup hounds, Votto was installed in the No. 2 spot once again. … Bourgeois was caught stealing in the first inning with Votto at the plate. The Reds are 2-for-8 in stolen base attempts this spring. … For the Royals, 34-year-old Joe Blanton started and registered three innings of one-run ball, yielding four hits. … Lane Adams was the only player on either side to post a multi-hit game, going went 2-for-2 with a run scored for Kansas City. … The Royals notched five extra-base hits.

Other news and notes:

Mark Sheldon: Jay Bruce was scratched Wednesday with calf strain; Billy Hamilton, Homer Bailey and Devin Mesoraco are progressing with their respective ailments; and Sean Marshall is still not ready for mound work.

Jamie Ramsey: As part of a comedy bit, Will Ferrell will suit up for the Reds (and other MLB teams) today, traveling around to five different games and attempting to play all nine positions.

John Fay: In a camp bereft of surprises thus far, the notion of top prospect Michael Lorenzen making the team is far from ridiculous.

C. Trent Rosecrans: Former St. John’s hoopster Amir Garrett is focusing full-time on baseball with Reds.

Spring training game and broadcast schedule

Today’s schedule: Reds at Diamondbacks, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale, Arizona.

“B” game: Per John Fay, the game begins at 1:30 p.m. (EST) with 2014 first-round pick Nick Howard receiving the starting nod. Some regulars, including Votto, are slated to play. No radio or TV.

“A” game: Mike Leake starts opposite Allen Webster at 5:10 p.m. will have a radio feed.

13 Responses

  1. sezwhom

    The Reds are 2-for-8 in stolen base attempts this spring.

    A team is hurt by a single caught stealing more than they are helped by a single successful stolen base. Reds were 20th in SB% last year. That needs fixing.

    • desertred

      I know it probably makes some twisted sense in Price’s mind to attempt steals frequently with a team that has a low OBP, but I don’t see how that works. If you can’t do it at a high pct., seems like a recipe for disaster, effectively lowering the already low OBP. Also, we’re still talking about Sean Marshall? How many decades has he been with this team and how few innings has he pitched? That the Reds still have this guy in the conversation is worrisome.

      • PDunc

        I think the idea is that even if we’re not getting on base at a high percentage, if we can get guys into scoring position via the steal more often that may make up for it. The problem is that their success rate at steals has been so bad, and as you said, compounding the problem of the low OBP.

  2. Mark Tokarski

    It is nice to attend games in Goodyear, as the crowds are very small, so there are no lines for concessions and even with just an $8 berme ticket you can lean on a high table behind home plate and get a great view. I am curious why the Arizona Spring Training experience has not caught on in Cincy. It’s fabulous out here, 15 teams in easy driving distance, warm sun, Sonoran Desert, plenty of nice facilities and restaurants.

    • Tom Reed

      No doubt Arizona has a lot to offer and Goodyear is just outside of Phoenix. But if you’re not flying, it is a long drive from Cincy. I-75 is a straight shot into Tampa Bay and Tampa has a very nice airport. The Reds have a long spring training history here with 45 years in Tampa and 10 years or less each in Plant City and Sarasota. The facility in Sarasota was called ‘The Old Ed’ and needed to be upgraded but it was voted down. The Orioles train there now.

  3. Art Wayne Austin

    Lecure continues to be an easy read for the batters. Is he in trouble?

    • reaganspad

      I love Sam and really like Parra. But they both have not been good since 2013. I thought that both were injured last year, but if it is not injury then their stuff is no longer what it was. guess we will know in a few weeks

      • gaffer

        The way to guarentee they will be on the roster is to sign them to multiyear deals, which they did. Great job Walt. I wonder when the last time a multiyear deal for a middle reliever actually worked out?

  4. B-town Fan

    Yes the driving distance is a big issue along with the ocean and boating. Not just retirees but people in general moving there from Reds country its just a natural migration route. I use to go to some Reds spring training games every three years or so, incorporating them into a vacation. I keep telling myself I want to, but I am yet to book a flight to Arizona. It still irks me that Sarasota went and renovated the facilities and stadium when the Orioles moved there. I wonder how improved the facilities are.

    • B-town Fan

      Yep that sounds like a lot of improvements, $312 million worth. Seemed like at the time Sarasota couldn’t come up with the money but they did for the Orioles. Don’t remember the timeline but maybe the city had a deal behind the scenes with the Orioles all along Water under the bridge now, but still irksome.

  5. VaRedsFan

    Of the CS’s Cozart has 1. He won’t be attempting many in the regular season with the pitcher up. Gotta use the bunt ya know. BP has 1. Big Brandon fan here, but please stop trying to steal! Bourgeois has 2, (4th/5th outfielder if that). Satin and Dominguez 1 each….AAA guys probably.

    So I wouldn’t get too worked up about the 6 CS’s.

    Maybe Jason B. attempted to steal to acclimate Votto to Billy running once the season starts?

  6. gaffer

    The problem is that it is more of the same coaching that worked out so poorly last year. Brandon needs to not run at all but especially given that he has had more and more injuries, and in spring training even more so.