The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Fresh off his brand spanking new 4 year, $28 million contract, Devin Mesoraco burst out of his Spring Training gate as the Cincinnati Reds cleanup hitter and did very, very cleanup hittery things. Mes smacked a single to drive in a run and was robbed of extra bases by a great catch at the left field wall on a laser of a line drive, leaving a walk with a runner on 2B as the only blemish* on his day. Mes swings like he's trying to power the city of Phoenix with a wind turbine each time he takes a cut, and if he continues making contact the way he showed he could in 2014, we may be about to see a heckuva ridiculous season from the Reds catcher this year. Have a JNMHSotG award, Mes.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Keyvius Sampson, who tossed a clean pair of innings with 2 Ks, BB, & 1 hit allowed (flashing some solid velocity in the process); Jason Marquis, who walked a pair of Cleveland Indians in 2 IP (but also K'd 3); Jesse Winker, for smacking a single up the middle in his first PA with a swing so, so Paul O'Neill-ish; and absolutely every other player in the Reds dugout who picked up a bat this afternoon, since I assure you they smacked the ball hard and for a hit.
- The Reds put on their scoring pants for the Bottom of the 1st, with a double to the wall in right-center by Phillips and a ribby from cleanup ribby guy Devin Mesoraco providing the first run of Spring Training. Reds led, 1-0.
- The heart of the order put a whoopin' on Indians pitcher Charles Brewer in the Bottom of the 4th to break the game open in a big way. Todd Frazier smacked a double off the wall in left-center, Mes walked behind him, and Frazier came in to score on a single up the middle from new Red Marlon Byrd. Jay Bruce then followed with a blast off the top of the wall in center that went for a double and plated Mes, and a productive grounder from Zack Cozart to Chinnie Losenhall sent Byrd home, too. Reds led, 4-0.
- The Reds added another in the Bottom of the 5th, as Billy Hamilton singled, moved to 2B on a wild pitch, took 3B on a productive BP grounder, and scored on a prototypical #3 batter in order sac fly from Frazier. Reds led, 5-0.
- A 2-out rally got the Reds another run in the Bottom of the 6th, as Jesse Winker broke the seal on his big league camp with a single up the middle and Kyle Waldrop followed by bashing a double to the wall in right. The Indians put together a series of bobbles and bad throws that let Winker score and Waldrop motor all the way to 3B, and Waldrop came home on a double to the wall in left-center from Chris Dominguez. Brennan Boesch then got in on the action with a single up the middle off his knuckles that let Dominguez motor home from 2B. Reds led, 8-0.
- Irving Falu ended the Top of the 7th with a nifty play moving to his right at 2B, and he then completed the age-old adage by leading off the Bottom of the 7th with a double down the line. A wild pitch, a pair of walks - one a grit-fueled effort by Skip Schumaker - and a sac-fly from Winker later, and the Reds had themselves another run. In the Bottom of the 8th, a sharp single from Dominguez started another scoring spree, and the Reds scored twice more thanks to a Falu sac-double play (that's a thing) & a Kyle Skipworth single. Chris Heisey tradebait Matt Magill managed to close the door in the 9th, and that was all she wrote. Reds win, 10-0!
- JJ Hoover struck out the side in the Top of the 5th, and I'd have added that to the Honorable Mention section, but damnit, that section was getting too long.
- Jay Bruce's double was on a vintage Bruce swing, carrying roughly 420 feet and leaving a dent high on the wall in CF. More of that, please.
- The 15 hits the Reds pounded out today is the most they've had in any 2015 Spring Training game in club history. #analysis
- Pronouncing Eugenio Suarez's first name like "A.U. Henny-O" forever reminds me of O.G. Henny Loc from this completely NSFW 1992 Dr. Dre skit. He walked in the Bottom of the 8th, by the way.
- Nineteen Reds got plate appearances today, and the only three who didn't reach base were Donald Lutz (0 for 2, K), Yorman Rodriguez (0 for 1), and Josh Satin (0 for 2, K).
- Speaking of Satin...tunes.