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Brewers 5, Reds 3: Milwaukee gets its first Cactus League victory

You win some, you lose some, you play a month of games that don't count.

We see ya, Broxy.
We see ya, Broxy.
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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Alex Blandino smacked a single in the 9th inning that drove in 2/3 of the Cincinnati Reds runs today, and for that he gets to take home his first JNMHSotG award.  Blandino will likely start the year with the Daytona Tortugas Dragonas as their everyday SS, and if he hits at all there like he did in Billings in 2014, he's got a shot at finishing the season in Pensacola.  Have a trophy, Alex, and keep doing that "next Barry Larkin" thing you're working on.

Honorable Mentions are due to:  Brennan Boesch, who continued his hot spring with a 2 hit afternoon; Kris Negron, who got his first hit of the spring; and Jon Moscot, who tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief.

Key Plays

  • Johnny Cueto wasn't his usual sharp self at the start of this one, and both Scooter Gennett and Jean Segura smacked singles off of the Reds' ace to begin the game.  Segura's moved Scooter to 3B, and he scooted home on a sac fly from Carlos Gomez.  Reds trailed, 1-0.
  • Ryan Dennick was brought on to pitch in the Bottom of the 4th, and he promptly walked Gerardo Parra and allowed a 2-run dinger to Martin Maldonado.  That means that both he and Jose Mijares have been doinked by dingers in their competition for the LOOGY spot in the Reds bullpen.  Reds trailed, 3-0.
  • The dingering-upon continued in the Bottom of the 5th, this time off the arm of J.J. Hoover.  Poor J.J. Hoover.  Hoov grooved a meatball to Shane Peterson, who anonymously smashed it off the batter's eye in CF, scoring Segura, who had walked.  Reds trailed, 5-0.
  • While the Reds regulars gradually exited the lineup, the prospects took over and finally managed to muster up some offense in the Top of the 9th.  Taylor Sparks led off by beating the pitcher to 1B for an infield single, Aristides Aquino worked a walk behind him, and after Jimmy Pickens flew out to LF, Brian O'Grady singled to load the bases and Alex Blandino singled up the middle to score both Sparks and Aquino.  David Goforth was brought on to replace the struggling Tyler Cravy on the mound for Milwaukee, and he promptly threw a wild pitch with his first offering to move the runners up to 2B & 3B, and Garrett Boulware then productively grounded out to drive in O'Grady.  Luis Gonzalez then struck out, though, and that was that.  Reds lose, 5-3.

Tony Graphanino appropriate for Marty Brennaman and Reds fans

Other Notes

  • With a pair of runners on and nobody out in the Top of the 2nd, Donald Lutz hit a ball off Kyle Lohse about eleventy hundred feet down the RF line that hooked just foul.  He later K'd, and the Reds scored not.
  • Johnny Cueto seemed to be consistently missing high today with both his fastball and breaking pitches.  In between bashing sabermetrics and complaining about the umpires re-starting the game prior to the allotted time for radio commercials, I think Marty mentioned something along those lines.
  • In the Bottom of the 6th, Chad Wallach impressively threw out Pete Orr at 2B on an attempted steal.  Wallach's a guy who walked more than he K'd last year in A-ball, and I've liked what I've seen from him defensively so far this spring, too.  Still no word on whether he knows how to behave in the clubhouse without Scott Rolen around, though.
  • $7.3 million tunes.