Yankees spend lots of money, still lose to the Reds 13-11

The wind was blowing out today.  Don't believe me?  Look at the score!  Sheesh.

Plus:

  • There were 8 HRs hit on the day, including 5 by the Reds.  Chris Dickerson hit 2 home runs, plus Joey Votto, Laynce Nix, and Craig Tatum added to the fun.
  • Tatum's home run was a grand slam that gave the Reds a 12-11 lead.
  • Votto had two hits on the day, including his second home run of the Spring.  I wish the season was starting tomorrow.  Dude is rocking right now.
  • The Reds made two more outs on the bases today.  By my count, that's 7 in 5 games.  (Did I miss any from yesterday's game?)  I know it's just the Spring, but seriously, this kind of stuff needs to be fixed soon.
  • The pitchers didn't really have a shot today.  It sounds like every flyball to the outfield had a shot at going out.  Harang gave up 3 runs in 3 IP, including a HR to Brett Gardner.  It was a formidable Yankees lineup, so I'm not too concerned this early in Spring.
  • David Weathers, Arthur Rhodes, and Francisco Cordero did not do much to give me confidence about the bullpen.  They gave up 8 ER in their combined 3 innings pitched.  Very veterany.
  • The youngsters out of the pen performed much better, as Ben Jukich, James Avery, and Justin Smith closed out the game with 3 shutout innings, albeit against lesser competition.

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game is Chris Dickerson who went 3 for 3 with 2 HR and 4 RBI on the day.  Dickerson receives a $50 gift certificate to the Church of Baseball blog.

 

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