Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Pitching: Raisel Iglesias made his first major league start, facing ten hitters. Iglesias walked the first batter he saw and struck out two. He didn’t give up a run or hit. There was no official pitch count, but one estimate was that Iglesias threw 40 pitches. Paul Maholm gave up two runs on a homer. He struck out two and walked one in 2.1 innings. Sam LeCure gave up a walk and a double in his two innings. Manny Parra retired the back-ups in order in the eighth, with two strikeouts. Jumbo Diaz pitched the ninth, giving up two hits, one of which was a home run, and a walk.

Hitting: The Reds scored two runs in the third, stringing together hits from Kristopher Negron, Joey Votto, Marlon Byrd and a sac fly by Jay Bruce. Brennan Boesch hit his third home run of spring training, this one off of Sergio Romo’s second pitch of the year. The Giants’ former closer has been sidelined with a sore shoulder up to now. Bruce drove in two more runs on his second home run of the spring, scoring Joey Votto, who had reached base on a worthless walk. Skip Schumaker joined the homer parade with a two-run shot in the sixth. Kristopher Negron’s third hit of the day plated the team’s eighth run. Chris Dominguez finished the good guys’ home run blitz with a long blast against his former organization, off the scoreboard in left field. Kyle Waldrop knocked in the Reds tenth run with a double to right center, scoring Josh Satin who had reached first base on an error.

Defense: No TV today, so this was based on the Giants broadcast and Twitter. Apparently, Kristopher Negron made two nice defensive plays at third base.

Accountable Baseball: Skip Schumaker, playing 2B, committed a gritty, veteran error in the first inning on a play the Giants announcers described as easy. Negron was thrown out at second base (“not anywhere close” – Giants broadcaster) attempting to steal. Marlon Byrd was picked off second base *by the catcher* ending the Reds threat in the third inning. Chad Wallach had two passed balls in three innings.

Giants Radio Broadcast (solo): Informative, pleasant, positive comments about both teams, knew all player substitutions, talked knowledgably about other organizations, didn’t attack segments of own fan base, clouds or modernity

Other reports: John Fay, Doug Miller (MLB.com)

Box Score

Spring training game and broadcast schedule.

  • Today: Reds play as the road team vs. Cleveland at Goodyear Ballpark
  • TV: FSO live (4:05 p.m. ET)
  • Radio: WSAI-1360

8 Responses

  1. sultanofswaff

    “didn’t attack segments of own fan base, clouds or modernity”

    *spits milk all over desk* heh heh

    • [email protected]

      What about Jay Bruce hitting a sac fly to Left Field?

      The guy is using the whole park which means that he is set for that big year

      40/125

      • lwblogger2

        I love Jay Bruce but 40/125 is a real, real stretch. Especially with it being unlikely that he’ll have a ton of runners to drive in. He’s never hit 40 HRs either. I would love to see it though. I do think he’ll have a much more typical season for himself this year.

      • Jeremy Forbes

        He’ll hit behind Votto, likely Frazier, and possibly Mesoraco. So long as they don’t do anything silly like batting BP and Byrd 4th and 5th, or 3rd and 4th, Bruce should have a fair share of baserunners.

        Plus if he manages to just hit a few hits to the left, they won’t be able to use that super shift on him, and his BA should raise a good 15 points or so.

  2. WVRedlegs

    Negron with 3 hits and 2 web gems. He is starting to take that bench spot by the throat after a .188 hiting start. Maybe the Reds should buy Negron a first base mitt too, if they don’t want Frazier as the backup 1B. Other than Boesch, the Reds again don’t have a backup 1B for Votto.

  3. WVRedlegs

    Kluber pitching for the Indians today. Clev. also putting out a real ML lineup today.
    Getting into the nitty-gritty of spring training. No pun towards Skippy. Can start to put a little stock into what we are seeing and hearing.

  4. lwblogger2

    I thought I typed this already but guess I didn’t… I wouldn’t worry too much about Wallach’s passed balls. It’s quite possible that the guy isn’t going to make it to the Majors as a catcher. His bat is supposedly pretty good. It wouldn’t shock me if he ended up changing positions. If they can get his defense to be even passable behind the plate then the Reds may really have something. I just wouldn’t bank on it.

    Man this team really can’t afford to make outs on the bases. If anything, they should probably be less aggressive on the bases and not more aggressive. Of course I heard Angels’ announcers the other night saying that the Angels needed to continue to be aggressive on the bases, even though they just had a guy thrown out by 10-feet going 1B to 3B on a lined single to RF.