The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Jose Peraza has heard all of your questions this spring. Did the Reds get enough in the Todd Frazier deal? Is he talented enough to be the center piece of a deal for an all-star third basemen? For at least one day, Reds fans can feel like they won the trade. Peraza turned in one of few solid performances on Friday.
He went 3-4 while hitting his first home run of the spring. Peraza also scored twice, and raised his batting average to .294. In the second inning he reached on a bunt single, and it gave him an opportunity to flash his plus speed. While questions will remain about Peraza's ceiling he showed today why the Reds were so high on him this off-season.
Honorable mentions: Um....Adam Duvall drove in a couple of runs; Jordan Pacheco hit a two-run shot against Oakland; Juan Duran added a solo shot of his own; J.J. Hoover pitched a scoreless inning of work while striking out two; Layne Somsen was the only pitcher in the Cubs game who didn't give up a run...that's something!
Key Plays vs. Cubs
- John Lackey struck out three Reds (Cave, Suarez, and Duvall) in the top of the first inning, but that didn't stop Cincinnati from getting on the board. Jose Peraza hit his first home run of the spring to give the Reds an early 1-0 lead.
- The Reds kept the pressure on the Cubs in the second. Brandon Allen led off the inning with a single. After two hard hit outs from Ivan De Jesus and Phillip Ervin, Tyler Holt hit one deep to center field. Unfortunately it wasn't deep enough. Dexter Fowler snagged it at the wall, and Cincinnati couldn't add to their lead.
- Chicago got their offense going in the second. Anthony Rizzo led off the inning with a double. Addison Russell followed that with a single giving the Cubs runners on first and third with no one out. Thankfully Miguel Montego hit in to a double play, but Rizzo did score (Cubs 1 - Reds 1). Stephenson would strike out Jeimer Candelario to end the inning.
- The Reds got to Lackey again in the third. Ramon Cabrera stuck out, but Cave and Peraza followed that with singles. A wild pitch moved Cave and Peraza to second and third. Eugenio Suarez walked to load the bases for Adam Duvall, and Duvall lined a single into left scoring two (Reds 3 - Cubs 1).
- Dan Vogelbach led off the bottom of the third with a solo shot off Robert Stephenson (Reds 3 - Cubs 2).
- Ben Zobrist led off the fourth with a double off of Sal Romano. Anthony Rizzo followed up with a double of his own to put runners on second and third. Addison Russell then drove in Zobrist on a sac-fly to right. Adam Duvall made a great diving catch to minimize the damage, but couldn't throw out the runner at home.
- Miguel Montero immediately cleared the bases with a two-run homer. This gave the Cubs their first lead of the day (5-3), and it is not an inning Sal Romano will want to remember.
- The Reds loaded the bases in the fifth via a Jake Cave walk, Jose Peraza single, and Brandon Allen walk. Unfortunately, with two outs Ivan De Jesus flew out to Jayson Heyward.
- Chicago added to its lead in the 7th inning. After retiring the first two hitters, Rookie Davis surrendered a single to Juan Carlos Perez. Munenori Kawasaki drove home Perez with a single of his own to make it 6-3.
- Tim Federowicz led off the 8th with a solo shot. It's now 7-4 Cubs, MLB Gameday is frustrating me to no end, and apparently this game is actually already over.
- The Reds would get one more run on a Blake Trahan sac fly, but sadly that's all they would get the rest of the game.
Key Plays vs. A's
- Oakland got on the board in the top of the second. Jon Moscot allowed a lead off double to Max Muncy. Moscot proceeded to strikeout Josh Phegley, but then walked Matt Olson. Renato Nunez gave Oakland the lead with a single in to left field.
- That wasn't all for Oakland in the second. With the A's already leading 1-0, Sam Fuld promptly hit a three homer into right field. That brought Moscot's ERA this spring to an encouraging 11.37.
- A Zack Cozart single was the only Reds hit through three innings.
- The Reds finally broke through in the fourth. Brandon Phillips reached first on a force out, and then he stole second. Jay Bruce singled him home to give the Reds their first run of the day. Jordan Pacheco then got the Reds within a run by depositing a two run homer over the right field fence (A's 4 - Reds 3).
- Sam Fuld's big day continued in the 7th. After Renato Nunez reached on an error by Brandon Dixon, Fuld tripled into right field. It was Fuld's 4th RBI of the day and gave Oakland a 5-3 lead. Joey Wendle also drove home a run in the 7th with a single to left. (Oakland 6 - Reds 3).
- It was still in the 7th inning and Oakland had the bases loaded with only one out. Cincinnati called on Cingrani to stop the run. He struck out Matt Chapman on three pitches, but Josh Phegley doubled on the first pitch he saw. Wendell and Ladendorf scored (Oakland 8 - Cincinnati 3).
- Juan Duran hit a solo homer in the 8th to cut Oakland's lead to 8-4.
- In the 9th inning Oakland tacked on another via a Bruce Maxwell single. Jake Smolinski scored and Oakland stretched their lead to 9-4.
Ken Gif-y Jr.
How did you feel about today's games Ken?
- Jesse Winker was scheduled to be the DH against the Cubs, but he sat out with a strained hip flexor notes Mark Sheldon. The injury occurred in Thursday's game when Winker and Jake Cave collided in the outfield. He should be day to day.
- C. Trent Rosecrans tweeted that Bryan Price expects Devin Mesoraco to play in his first game "mid-to-late" next week. Mesoraco, who is returning from season ending hip surgery, suffered a minor groin injury last week. A catcher with hip and groin issues? Nothing to worry about here.
- A's pitcher Jarrod Parker, who has already endured two Tommy John surgeries, found out he re-fractured his elbow earlier this week. The once highly touted prospect will likely miss the rest of the season, and it is possible this could be the end of his career.
- The Reds will look to bounce back tomorrow against the Mariners (9:05 EST).