The Reds dropped a sloppy slugfest to the Brewers late last night, falling to 11-10 this spring. The two teams combined for 24 hits–12 apiece–and 14 runs. Even though only one error made it into the scorebook, the Reds played rushed and unfocused for at least the first three innings. They did show the poise to battle back into the game, but too little, too late as they say.
|Ã‚Â Milwaukee Brewers (11-11)||8||12||0|
|Ã‚Â Cincinnati Reds (11-10)||6||12||1|
|W:Ã‚Â Garza (2-1)Ã‚Â L: Iglesias (0-3) S: Pena (2)|
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Pitching: Rasiel Iglesias started the game, giving up 6 runs (3 earned) in 4.0 innings. Iglesias, already named the five starter, has struggled this spring, giving up 11 runs over 14.2 innings. While the strikeouts have been there (he has 14), he’s also been hit fairly hard as evidenced by 3 homers and 14 total hits against… Sam LeCure came in for an inning and gave up a lead-off double before almost working out of it without any damage. A late single did bring the run home, but LeCure also struck out two. He should rebound from a rocky 2014 and be a steady bullpen arm once more… While hardly indicative of a larger problem, the Reds did seem to have a disconnect on the mound tonight. A balk by Iglesias, a passed ball by Devon Mesoraco, and a stolen base by the not quite fleet of foot Martin Maldanado all showed a lack of battery chemistry.
Hitting: Brandon Phillips had a pair of doubles which while good for the team also (unfortunately) validated his words to Bob Nightengale from the other day. Swing away, drive in runs, ignore all that OBP stuff–real baseball, apparently. On the other hand, Phillips did have a strikeout and made a very uncharacteristic error leading to 3 unearned runs. So it evens out?…The other centerpiece of Nightengale’s article, Joey Votto, also had a successful day at the plate, lacing a pair of singles and knocking in a run…Marlon Byrd wore a sombrero today (3 strikeouts). At least he managed a groundout, so it wasn’t a golden sombrero…Kristopher Negron had another hit in 2 at-bats and is hitting .405 on the spring. While 40 at-bats is a horrifically small sample size, Negron should be the number one bench guy followed by Branyon Pena.
Cubs at Reds – 4:05 P.M. ET
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Gonzalez German (0-0, 11.57 ERA) vs. Aroldis Chapman (0-0, 3.60 ERA)