Archive for March, 2009

Arroyo, Cordero Pummeled By Sox

The Red Sox are a good team and they took it to the Reds today.  Most of the damage came against Bronson Arroyo and Francisco Cordero, who both yielded four runs each in the 9-1 loss.  Arroyo pitched five innings, but it was the third where he gave up all of the runs.  Cordero’s runs came in the eighth and between those two, David Weathers gave up a run.

Jay Bruce had a solid game with a double and a single. Willie Taveras went one for three with a run and a walk.  Chris Heisey had a pinch hit triple in his lone at bat.

Next up are the Astros.  Johnny Cueto gets the nod in the afternoon game.

Volquez Shines Again In Reds Loss to Philly

There’s one bright side to spring training games.  You’re team can get stomped but all you want to do is find the positives and there were a few in the Reds 7-3 loss to the Phillies.  First up is Edinson Volquez, who still hasn’t given up a run since returning from the WBC.  Yesterday, he threw three shutout innings although and while it was uneventful (six hits, two walks), it was shutout innings none the less.  In the meantime, Bill Bray gave up six runs but five were unearned.  Arthur Rhodes struck out two in his shutout frame and then Pedro Viola struck out the side in the ninth inning.

Edwin Encarnacion belted his second homer of the spring, it’d just be nice to see his batting average get above the Mendoza line.  Chris Dickerson was the lone Red with two hits.

Tonight, we get to see Bronson Arroyo face off against his old team, the Red Sox.  It’s on MLB.TV but I’ll probably watch the replay. I have yet to watch a Reds game this season.

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Pen Struggles In Ten Inning Loss to Jays

First, the good news.  Johnny Cueto made his first start of the spring and it looks like he didn’t even miss a beat with the WBC.  He pitched four solid innings and he gave up just one run on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts.  I like the way the Reds rotation is shaping out and for the first time in a long, long, long, long (okay, you get the point) time, i feel like the Reds have a rotation that’s deeper then just Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo.  If Volquez and Cueto can come close to replicating 2008, the Reds could be in the thick of things if their piss poor offense can get into some kind of groove.

Speaking off offense, Adam Dunn just hit a solo blast in the WBC.  He should be a Reds uniform and he’ll probably go yard 50 times, finally, like I’ve been predicting.  It’s just shame it’ll be in a Nationals uniform and not in a Reds one.

Joey Votto was the hitting star.  He was one for eon with a run and two walks.   Jeff Keppinger was the only other Red to reach base twice in the 5-4 loss with his single and walk.

The Reds have the day off tomorrow but Bailey is pitching in an intrasquad game so he’ll log some innings.  Next game is Tuesday against the Phillies.

Reds Offense Stifled Again In Loss to Rays

Yesterday, the Reds scored a run and one. That doesn’t happen too often and despite getting some solid pitching this afternoon, the Reds lost to the Rays 3-1. Paul Janish tripled and he drove in the lone run as the Reds fell to 9-7 on the season.

Bronson Arroyo had a tough start but give some props to the pen. Arroyo gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings before yielding to a pen that would hold the Rays scoreless the rest of the way. David Weathers was particularly solid with two strikeouts in his shutout frame.

Tomorrow, we have an afternoon game against the Jays. Johnny Cueto will make his spring debut as he comes back from the WBC. Nick Massett should also see some innings. In the meantime, it seems like the spring season has been around for a while yet we still have three weeks until the real games start.

Reds Pitchers Hold Twins to Three Hits In Pitcher's Duel

I love these games. Micah Owings looks like a keeper so far this spring and the O stands for 0 today because that’s what Owings was able to do. The Twins scattered two hits against him in four shutout innings in a nifty little outing. Edinson Volquez also threw some solid innings and he gave up just one hit and he struck out two in three shutout innings. Mike Lincoln and Pedro Viola then threw a no-hit inning a piece to close out the game.

The Reds managed just five hits but one of them was a solo shot in the third inning by Jonny Gomes. He had two of the Reds five hits as their bats were also held in check in the 1-0 win. Nobody else in the lineup reached base more then once in the game.

Bronson Arroyo will face the Rays tomorrow afternoon. We’ll also get to see Adam Dunn do his thing tomorrow night as team USA continues their run in the WBC.

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Aaron Harang Pitches Four Strong and a Farm Report

The Reds took care of business yesterday as they trounced the Astros 8-2. Aaron Harang set the stage for the Reds with four strong shutout innings to start things off. He gave up three hits, no walks and he struck out four. Just as important, Homer Bailey threw two shutout frames and he struck out three. It’d be nice to see the kid come around.

Laynce Nix was one of the hitting stars. He went one for two with a home run, two RBIs and two runs. Darnell McDonald also had a nice game and he went two for two with a run.

If you want a solid run down on the Reds farm system, has finished their review of the Reds system.

Reds Notch Just Six Hits In Beatdown By Yankees

Another ugly one. The Reds managed just six hits, while the Yankees scored more then that in a 7-1 loss. Nick Massett did last four innings, but they weren’t pretty and he gave up three runs on eight hits. The pen calmed things down until Jordan Smith gave up four runs in the seventh inning to break the game open. Carlos was the star pitcher, just because he struck out two and gave up just one hit in his single frame.

Chris Dickerson triples, singled, stole a base and drove in a run. Ryan Hanigan singled twice and scored once in the loss.

Tomorrow, Aaron Harang gets a look in an afternoon game against the Astros. We’ll probably see Arthur Rhodes and Francisco Cordero get an inning in the game as well. It’d be nice to see five innings out of Harang though. Thursday, the Reds have their first off day of the spring. You’ll see a couple more of these then usual because of the extra week related to the WBC.

Reds Double Up Champs

A big four run seventh inning broke open a 4-4 tie as the Reds took care of the Phillies 8-4. Chria Valaika capped a four homer day for the Reds with a grand slam. Daryle Ward, Yonder Alonso and Ryan Hanigan all homered as all eight Reds runs came via the long ball.

Bronson Arroyo had a lackluster start and he gave up two runs before he was pulled in the fourth inning. In the meantime, Daniel Ray Herrera was the pitching star with his two strikeout, shutout inning. Let’s just call it a typical Reds win. Some big homeruns, pitching that wasn’t horrible and it all adds up to a victory.

Alex Gonzalez will play for the first time in the field tomorrow in a night game against the Yankees. Nick Masset gets the start while the offense will have to contend with Joba Chamberlain. Joba’s been a stud, but this spring something looks wrong because he can’t find the plate.

Micah Owings Shines, Reds Win In Ten

Three days in a row, Reds fans. I’m in a zone. The Reds can say the same thing because they took care of the Jays today and Micah Owings looked very, very sharp. One hit, one walk and, count them, six strikeouts in four shutout innings. Plus the dude should hit about ten homeruns playing the Great American Ballpark. Arthur Rhodes and David Weathers each threw a scoreless inning to take the shutout into the seventh, but Francisco Cordero of all people was touched up for three runs and Matt Maloney followed suit with two more. Fortunately, Jeff Kennard threw two strong shutout innings (one hit, three strikeouts) to close out the game and notch the win.

Jonny (I still can’t believe he spells his name that way) Gomes belted a two run shot in the fourth inning to put the Reds on the board. Adam Rosales picked up two hits and two RBIs while Darnell McDonald doubled, singled and scored a run.

That puts the Reds back into the positive record wise at 6-5. Bronson Arroyo gets the nod tomorrow against the World Champion Phillies. Mike Lincoln and Josh Roenicke also should see some time on the mound. Four more weeks until opening day folks.

Pummeled Pen Costs Reds

While former Red and Cutting Edge favorite Adam Dunn was rounding the bases with a homerun in the WBC, the Reds bullpen was getting ripped to shreds by the Blue Jays. Jared Burton was the first suspect and while he’s been solid for the Reds the past two seasons, the was knocked around for three runs on four hits in an inning. Then Robert Manuel, who had a very nice season for the Lookouts last season, was touched for three runs on four hits in 2/3 of an inning.

Of course there was some good. Homer Bailey pitched four strong and while he gave up six hits, just one of those crossed the plate. He didn’t walk a batter and he struck out one. Hopefully he can keep this up. Bill Bray and Aaron Fultz each threw a shutout inning each.

It was another lackluster game for the hitters. Let’s just say that six hits isn’t going to cut it. Daryle Ward had a hit and two walks while Norris Hopper singled, drew a walk and scored a run.

Tomorrow, it’s more Blue Jays action as they finish up their home and home. Micah Owings gets the nod and hopefully we’ll get to see him pitch into the fourth inning at least.

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