The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
The everyday lineup of the Texas Rangers will feature the likes of Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder, Shin-Soo Choo, and Elvis Andrus, and while exactly none of them were included in tonight's game with the Cincinnati Reds, that shouldn't diminish what Anthony DeSclafani accomplished. You surely hoped that the young Reds hurler would've seen a stat bump from facing a largely backup roster, and that's exactly what he provided. Disco tossed 6 scoreless innings and struck out 9 Rangers on his evening, scattering 4 hits and a trio of walks in the process, and his repertoire looked to be on full display throughout. He lowered his spring ERA down to a nifty 1.83 mark in the process.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Skip Schumaker, who smacked a pair of hits and added a walk; Brayan Pena, who went 1 for 3 with a walk and a pair of runs scored; Brandon Phillips, who went 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI; Aroldis Chapman, who ho-hummed his way to a scoreless inning with 2 Ks; and Jumbo Diaz, who tossed a perfect 9th inning with a pair of Ks himself.
- The Reds did the bulk of their damage in the Bottom of the 4th off Rangers starter Ross Detwiler. Jay Bruce began things when he reached on a tough-hop error on a grounder, and after Schumaker and Pena both reached a pair of soft (or bad hop) singles, Bruce rolled in to score the game's first run. Ivan De Jesus, Jr. followed with a ground-rule double to score Skip, and after DeSclafani K'd, Phillips and Zack Cozart each singled in a run to top things off. Reds led, 4-0.
- Only one more run crossed the plate in this one, and that came by the Reds in the Bottom of the 6th. Jamey Wright was on the mound for the Rangers, and he promptly issued a pair of walks, which haunted. The first came to Pena to lead off the inning, the second was against Skip, and after a force-play left Pena on 3B and De Jesus at 1B, Brennan Boesch busted a deep enough fly ball to score Pena from 3B. The Reds bullpen held things together late against a lackluster Rangers offense, and that was that. Reds win, 5-0!
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- Rangers announcer and former utility infielder Mark McLemore spent the bulk of his time on the mic dissing on NL baseball and the lack of a DH. Rad.
- Reds ace Johnny Cueto is reportedly set to rejoin the club after having been in the Dominican Republic for several days on a family matter. Manager Bryan Price indicated before tonight's game that Cueto should be set for two more spring starts before being completely ready to start for the Reds on Opening Day.
- Tomorrow's game will pit the Reds against the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear with the Reds again serving as the road team. Michael Lorenzen will take the hill for the good guys against Cleveland's Danny Salazar, with first pitch set for just after 4 PM Eastern.