The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Kris Negron's spot as a bench guy on the 25-man roster was considered a near formality by many after his breakthrough 2014 season, but he got off to a rather slow start for the Cincinnati Reds this spring. That turned course today, though, as Negron went 3 for 4 with a run scored, an RBI, and a pair of slick fielding plays at 3B on his afternoon, and after opening in a deep slump, he's now hitting a cool .300 more than halfway through the month of March. It's his glove and versatility that'll ultimately earn him a spot in the big league dugout should that materialize, but it never hurts when a guy's offense comes along for the ride, too, and that's what Negron's aiming to show Walt Jocketty this month. Today certainly helped his case, and for that he gets a duly deserved JNMHSotG even though he was caught stealing by a mile.
Heck, which Red hasn't been thrown out by a mile on the bases?
Honorable Mentions are due to: Raisel Iglesias, who held the San Francisco Giants hitless through 2.2 IP just hours after it was announced that he's being groomed as a starting pitcher; Jay Bruce, who dingered; Brennan Boesch, who dingered, too; Skip Schumaker, who dingered, throo; Chris Dominguez, who dingered, foo; Joey Votto, who went 1 for 3 with a walk and a pair of runs scored; Marlon Byrd, who had a pair of hits; Brayan Pena, who did, too; and Sam LeCure, who tossed a pair of scoreless innings (and based off this list probably dingered, as well).
- The Reds pushed the game's first run across the plate in the Bottom of the 3rd after Kris Negron led off with a single, Votto followed with one that moved Negron to 3B, and Marlon Byrd then got a sun-blinding pop fly single to drop that allowed Negron to score. That chased Giants starter Chris Stratton from the game, and reliever Tyler Rogers promptly saw catcher Hector Sanchez allow a passed ball to Jay Bruce - the first batter he faced - that moved both runners up, and Bruce then plated Votto with a sac fly to deep left. Reds led, 2-0.
- Ace reliever (rather, one time ace reliever) Sergio Romo took the mound for the Giants in the Bottom of the 4th, and Boesch proceeded to mash his 3rd dinger of the season. Reds led, 3-0.
- Paul Maholm had cruised through his first 7 innings of the spring (including the first 2 IP he threw today), but he finally ran into trouble with 2 outs in the Top of the 5th. He hit Mac Williamson, and Joaquin Arias followed with a deep dinger to left field. Reds led, 3-2.
- The Reds hopped into their DeLorean, revved it up to 88 mph, and drove straight back to 2012 in the Bottom of the 5th. The leadoff hitter made an out, Votto walked, and Bruce followed by honking his 2nd dinger of the spring to score them both. Reds led, 5-2.
- Top Giants prospect Kyle Crick throws a million miles an hour and has roughly 2 to 7 percent of an idea where it's going to end up. He came in to pitch the Bottom of the 6th, and today's answer to Crick's dilemma was "everywhere." He got Boesch to ground out to lead things off, but then allowed a single to Brayan Pena, a dinger to Skip Schumaker...Skip Schumaker?...Skip Schumaker, a double to Eugenio Suarez, and an RBI single to Negron before getting Votto to ground into an inning ending GIDP. Reds led, 8-2.
- Chis Dominguez added to his case for a Reds bench spot, too, as he smacked a solo dinger off the scoreboard in center for a solo shot in the Bottom of the 7th. Then, in the Bottom of the 8th, the Reds continued to ignore that I've got things to do this evening by tacking on another run courtesy of a Kyle Waldrop double that scored Josh Satin (who had reached on an error). Reds led, 10-2.
- Jumbo Diaz kept this recap going, unfortunately, as he was touched up for a 2-run dinger in the Top of the 9th. Carlos Triunfel mashed a deep fly out to left after Ty Ross had singled, but Jumbo Diaz managed to get the final out two batters later. Reds win, 10-4!
- Marty and tHom Brennaman were in the radio booth together today, as there was only a WLW radio feed and no FS-Ohio coverage.
- On a completely unrelated note, Skip Schumaker booted a softly hit grounder in the Top of the 1st inning. tHom suggested it must have hit a rock. I chuckled.
- On an also completely unrelated note, Marty accused tHom of "going on the blogs" when he brought up a point his son disagreed with. This time, though, they were talking about Duke getting easy draws in NCAA tournaments. Marty then called someone else "bitter" in the same conversation, which made me laugh until I cried.
- The Reds will take on the Cleveland Indians again tomorrow in Goodyear, this time as the away team. Mike Leake will take the hill opposite reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. There'll finally be TV coverage, too, so tune in and stop by ol' Red Reporter tomorrow afternoon.