The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Jason Marquis was not my favorite signing. Odds are, he wasn't yours, either. However, what the longtime St. Louis Cardinals righty has done since beginning his Cincinnati Reds tenure has been nothing short of stellar, and today he casually tossed 3 perfect innings as the starter. Marquis K'd three Seattle Mariners, and his performance continued the great start that Reds' starting pitchers have put on so far this spring (and mentioning it means they'll give up 20 ER in their next 10 IP), and despite his aging, sputtering production of late, there's no doubt that Marquis is firmly in the mix for a spot on the Reds' Opening Day roster. Have a trophy, Jason.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Donald Lutz, whose kugelschrieber mashed a mighty 2-run kartofellpuffer; Jay Bruce, who similarly honked his first dinger of spring; Keyvius Sampson, who tossed 3 innings of 1 hit ball; Raisel Iglesias, who harnessed the sick arm he flashed days ago to much better results today (2 scoreless innings, 2 K's); Kyle Waldrop, who deeee-stroyed a Joe Saunders meatball for a mighty dinger; Yorman Rodriguez, who doubled twice; Zack Cozart, who was 2 for 2 with a run scored; and Eugenio Suarez, who smacked a bases clearing triple.
- Lutz's blast opened the scoring in the Bottom of the 2nd, as the big German sent a Jay Ayy Happ pitch to the ausfarht in RF, scoring Cozart as well. Reds led, 2-0.
- The lone blemish on the Reds end of things came with Manny Parra on the mound in his one inning of work, as an Austin Jackson double off the lefty in the Top of the 4th brought home James Jones. Reds led, 2-1.
- From then on, it was all Reds, starting with Bruce's blast in the next half-inning to resupply the 2 run lead. Felix Perez launched an RBI double off the wall in right center to score Irving Falu in the Bottom of the 6th, and the Reds then opened the offensive floodgates in the Bottom of the 8th against the veteran Saunders to the tune of 6 additional runs. Suarez's triple cleared the bases of Falu, Yorman, and Perez, and after Chad Wallach drove Suarez home with a single up the middle, Waldrop's blast scored Wallach. Iglesias slammed the door on Seattle's bats, and thus endeth the Sunday afternoon affair. Reds win, 10-1!
- It seems as if Josh Satin has been in the lineup every single day for the Reds, but he's yet to really find his groove. He served as the team's DH for the entire game today, going 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts. He's now 1 for 8 on the spring with 3 K's and a caught stealing.
- Brennan Boesch did not play today, but he likely would have homered thrice off Saunders had he suited up.
- Speaking of which, several presumed Reds regulars were initially penciled into the starting lineup before being scratched. Todd Frazier (back spasms), Billy Hamilton (sore shoulder), Brandon Phillips (Debbies), and Devin Mesoraco (sympathy for the Mariners) all ended up getting the day off, though each are expected back in the coming days.
- In/re Marquis' start: the only run allowed by any of the Reds' starters this spring came against Anthony DeSclafani on Wednesday, and it was unearned. Watch your eyeballs, opposing hitters. Opposing fans, watch your favorite players try to watch their own eyeballs...it should look hilarious.