The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Detroit Tigers in the final exhibition game of the year on Wednesday night, 2-1. If you’d like to see the entire box score, feel free to check out the box score for the game right here.
|W: Kuhnel | L: Castro | SV: Stephenson|
Good Reds Observations
There weren’t any bad observations in this one. The Reds pitching staff was good throughout the game, and the offense got the job done.
Josh VanMeter was a late lineup addition, taking over for Joey Votto at first base (who is fine, for those wondering). It worked out well as he went 2-3 with a double and a run scored. He put the ball in play all three times on the day. The exit velocity of those three balls? 107.6 MPH, 105.9 MPH, and 104.1 MPH. The lefty got the fat part of the bat on the ball on Wednesday night.
Speaking of exit velocity – the reigning king of that stat for the Cincinnati Reds is Aristides Aquino, and on Wednesday he showed off how hard he can hit the ball once again. Facing Nick Ramirez in the 7th inning he clobbered a single at 114.4 MPH, the hardest hit ball of the game by anyone (Josh VanMeter had the next two, and the fourth).
Let’s stick with guys that hit the baseball hard and talk about Matt Davidson, who hit another home run for the Reds. He crushed a Tyler Alexander fastball 399 feet into the stands. Things have been going well for Davidson since baseball has resumed and he’s been showing off real pop at Great American Ballpark.
Moving to the mound let’s start with Jose De Leon, who tossed 2.0 shutout innings. He struck out three hitters with two walks and didn’t give up any hits. His first inning saw him walk two hitters, but in the second he got rolling and made quick work of the three hitters – needing just 11 pitches. On the day his fastball worked from 90.9-94.4 MPH.
Robert Stephenson picked up the save with a perfect 9th inning that included a strikeout. He had three swings and misses out of the 11 pitches that he threw in the inning.