The Reds were thrashed by the Blue Jays in their final spring outing, succeeding only in scattering three singles and making all of Reds’ Country emit a sigh of resignation.
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|W: Norris (4-0)Ã‚Â L: DeSclafani (1-2)|
Pitching: Anthony DeSclafani started the game, going 4.0 innings and giving up 2 earned runs on a homer and a RBI-double. DeSclafani also struck out three but was shaky with his command overall, hitting a batter and walking two…Sam LeCure may be back sooner rather than later as Kevin Gregg allowed 4 earned runs on 4 hits and a walk while only recording two outs. Granted, two of the runs did score after Gregg had exited the game, but still the decision to keep the veteran reliever over LeCure seems questionable…Manny Parra also had a rough day at the park, allowing 3 earned runs on 5 hits in just 0.2 innings pitched…JJ Hoover looked sharp at the end of the game, striking out two consecutive hitters with runners on the corners.
Hitting: There really wasn’t much hitting today, but Bryson Smith did go 2 for 2 with an RBI. No one who is actually expected to start for the Reds recorded a hit.
Fielding: Billy Hamilton started a nice relay of throws that eventually got Jose Bautista out at third after his RBI double. Some sloppy baserunning aided the situation, but it was still a bright spot on an otherwise miserable game…Brennan Boesch muffed a single in right, giving up an extra base.
The Reds finally start the 2015 season Monday afternoon against the Pirates. Johnny Cueto will take the mound against Francisco Liriano in Great American Ballpark.
Bryan Price has batted Brandon Phillips 7th the past two games.
Jay Bruce ended the spring with a .178 batting average and 15 strikeouts in 45 at-bats. However, of his 8 hits, 3 were home runs.
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