The Reds Need A Marshall Plan. CHW 9, CIN 5

That's not good pitching form. - Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The plan was to impress. Marshall didn't come through.

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

The White Sox did everything to allow the Reds to win this game, but the offense didn't really do anything capitalize on their mistakes.  There are a few batters that could have taken the award, but I'll give it to the only pitcher that didn't give up a run.  Manny Parra continued to impress this spring lowering his ERA from a paltry 1.00.  He had a flat line today, not striking anyone out, walking anyone, or giving up a hit.  Manny has done pretty much everything you could ask from him this spring.

Honorable Mentions will go to Jason Bourgeois (2 for 5 with a run scored and a double), and Kristopher Negron (2 for 4 with a double).

Things That Happened
  • I'm not going to talk so much about big plays.  Brett Marshall had a bad, bad day.  Marshall is trying to earn a spot as the fifth starter or as the long man out of the pen.  He didn't do much instill confidence from Bryan Price.  He gave up 12 hits in five innings, including a three run shot to Jose Abreu.  He did strikeout 5 and only walked 1 in those five innings, but 12 hits is way too much.  BABIP problems.  He'll probably still make the team, but needs to pitch better.
  • The White Sox defense is awful.  They committed four errors that led to most of the Reds runs.  Their offense is looking pretty decent though.
  • Adam Eaton for the White Sox had 4 hits.  That's cool because he is on my RR Fantasy team.
  • Sammy wasn't the LeCure today.  He gave up a run in his inning of relief.  Nick Christiani did as well.
  • Both the Reds and White Sox challenged a play today.  Both challenges were upheld.  Bryan Price is 1-3 in challenges this spring.  If we're using baseball stats a .333% isn't bad.
  • Tomorrow is the Reds final day of Spring Training.  They will be playing a split squad against the Diamondbacks and the Brewers.  The former will be on the radio.
Other Notes

  • Sean Marshall threw 26 pitches today in a bullpen session.  He said that he felt like his old self.  I feel like I've heard that a million times, and then there is another set back.  His next step should be pitching in an extended spring training game.
  • If you didn't hear, Ramon Santiago made the team.  Who knows what is going to happen next.
  • Jeff Francis will be starting the year in AAA.
  • The Reds are 12th in MLB team payroll.
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Also, I was just randomly listening to Eric Church and drinking a beer.  So, live with it, fools.

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