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Win, Lose, or Draw: Reds tie Rangers after 10 innings that don't count

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Devin Mesoraco went boom.

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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Devin Mesoraco launched his first dinger of the spring against the Texas Rangers late Tuesday, a 2-run shot that cleared the LF wall against the Texas Rangers, and for that he earned a Nuxy.  Mes had struggled a bit at the plate in his March warmup, so it's good to see that he squared one as Opening Day looms ever closer.  Well dingered, Mes.

Honorable Mentions are due to:  Chis Dominguez, who smacked a lengthy dinger himself; Marlon Byrd, who had a triple as one of his two hits on the night (and also scored two runs); Kris Negron, who went two for three with a walk, a triple, a run scored, and one of the more hilarious throws I've seen a SS make from the shift; Kevin Gregg, who struck out the side around one hit in his inning of work; Billy Hamilton, who walked twice, stole a bag, and had a stellar, run-saving catch in CF; and Sam LeCure, who worked over an inning (1.1 IP) to help bail out Burke Badenhop & lower his spring ERA under three.

Key Plays

  • The Texas Rangers booped Jason Marquis a bit in the Bottom of the 2nd after the Reds' starter got former Red Ryan Ludwick to strike out to begin the inning.  Nate Schierholtz followed with a single that made every person who had to write his name kick themselves, and he later stole 2B with Ryan Rua at the plate.  Rua then doubled to the wall in left-center to score Schierholtz (/kicks self), moved to 3B on a Marquis balk, and scored on another double from Hanser Alberto that scooted down the LF line.  Reds trailed, 2-0.
  • The good guys got things leveled in the Top of the 4th, though, as Devin Mesoraco followed a triple from Marlon Byrd with his first dinger of the season, a blast off of Chi Chi Rodriguez onto the grass beyond LF.  Game tied, 2-0.
  • Heads began to get bashed in the Top of the 6th when Jamey Wright came on for Texas.  Byrd started things with a single, and he moved to 3B when Todd Frazier followed with one of his own.  Byrd scored on a Brennan Boesch sac fly, Frazier moved to 2B, and Dominguez followed with a dinger that went farther than the combined distance of every Jack Hannahan hit ever.  Reds led, 5-2.
  • The Bottom of the 8th saw Burke Badenhop summoned from the bullpen, and he ran into yet another rough outing.  Badenhop allowed singles to the first three hitters he faced - the third of which was a long single off the wall in RF that just missed being a 3-run dinger - and he then walked Chris Gimenez with the bases juiced to force in a run (much to Brandon Phillips' disbelief).  Ryan Rua then stepped to the plate and blasted a triple to the wall in right-center that scored everyone.  Reds trailed, 6-5.
  • The good guys did a bit of business themselves in the Top of the 9th to level the score, however.  Negron led off with a walk and moved to 2B on a sharp infield single by Irving Falu.  Billy Hamilton's bunt moved them both over, and after Joey Votto was walked to load the bases, a grounder hit soft enough by Byrd to the SS only resulted in a single out at 2B instead of a double play, and Negron motored home.  Game Selig'd, 6-6.
Retrony Graphanino

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Other Notes

  • After Badenhop was removenhopped from the game in the 8th in favor of Sam LeCure, Billy Hamilton made a diving stab on a liner to CF with the bases loaded that went for the 3rd out instead of at least a 2-run single.  Defense, y'all.
  • Real, live, actual, awesome, amazing, real, live games start in under two weeks.
  • Kevin Gregg is going to make the Opening Day roster.  It's going to happen.
  • Goones.