The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Here at Red Reporter, we appreciate dingers, specifically those of the Cincinnati Reds variety. And when it comes to doting awards on the Reds at the end of games, a track record of honking goes a long, long way in our eyes.
Billy Hamilton smoked the fourth pitch of the game well over the wall in RF for his - and the team's - first dinger of spring, and therefore Billy Boop gets to take home today's JNMHSotG. It was Hamilton's lone hit of the day, but he did manage to rope a hard-hit liner for a loud out and nearly beat out a solidly placed bunt, making for a pretty solid effort at the plate, all told.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Anthony DeSclafani, who flashed an impressive sinking fastball in his 2 IP, striking out 2 and allowing just a single unearned run; Sam LeCure, who brushed the rust off in his first outing of the spring with a tidy 8 pitch inning from the 'pen; Chris Dominguez, who smacked an RBI double; and Skip Schumaker, who gritted a double and scored a run.
- The offense picked up right where it left off during yesterday's schellacking, as Hamilton launched a no-doubt solo dinger over the wall in RF to start the game. Skip gritted a double to the wall in left-center immediately afterwards, and after a Todd Frazier deep fly out moved him to 3B, Chris Dominguez laced another double to the wall in LF to score Skip. Reds led, 2-0.
- The Indians finally got on the board for the spring in the Bottom of the 2nd. Carlos Moncrief smacked a double to RF with 1-out, and he moved to 3rd a batter later when Tyler Holt's sharp grounder was booted by Dominguez at 1B. A deep sac fly to the RF corner pushed Moncrief across, but DeSclafani managed to get a grounder to end the inning. Reds led, 2-1.
- Cleveland tied things up in the Bottom of the 6th off of David Holmberg, stringing a series of singles together for an eventual 2-out rally. Jesus Aguilar started it with a single to CF, and both Moncrief and Holt followed suit to level the score. Holmy then walked Adam Moore to load the bases, but induced a soft grounder to finally end the inning. Game tied, 2-2.
- Raisel Iglesias came on to pitch the Bottom of the 8th, and while I was busy drooling over how ridiculous his repertoire looked, the Indians managed to plate two go-ahead runs. Moncrief - again - got things rolling with a 1-out single, and he moved to 2B on a wild pitch. Jake Lowery then walked after Destin Hood struck out, and Moncrief came in to score on a soft grounder that 3B Neftali Soto & SS Irving Falu mutually booted. James Ramsey then walked, and Lowery scored when another Iglesias pitch scooted by catcher Chad Wallach. A trio of Reds not likely slated to make an impact in 2015 went meekly in the Top of the 9th, and that was that. Reds lose, 4-2.
- Did anyone get a radar check on Sam LeCure? I may be completely off-base, but it sure looked like he was throwing harder than he was during his mysterious velocity drop of 2014. Let's hope.
- Raisel Iglesias' slider moves East-West quicker than a wannabe actor. He looked a bit shaky in the 8th, but the stuff he flashed has some filthy stink on it.
- Speaking of radar guns, folks in Goodyear keep talking up Kevin Gregg this spring (Devin Mesoraco, specifically), but it sure looked like he was flipping upper-80's junk up there today.
- Three of the first four Reds to bat got hits. The team managed just a single hit from then on.
- Johnny Cueto will take the mound for the first time tomorrow as the Reds wrap up their 3 game set against Cleveland. Michael Lorenzen is also scheduled to pitch, so tune the heck in.
- Wu Wednesday tunes.