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CIN 7, MIL 6: Holt's Heroics Get Reds to .500

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Tyler Holt's RBI double in the 8th was the difference.

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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

On a day in which the Reds tallied 11 hits, Adam Duvall had Cincinnati's only multi-hit game. Duvall went 3-3 on the day, and drove in two runs with a first inning homer. The three hits raised Duvall's batting average this spring to .333. It remains to be seen who the Reds will have in left field on opening day, but Duvall hopes to be part of that equation. Days like today can only help his case.

Honorable Mentions: Tyler Holt who drove in two on an 8th inning double; Joey Votto, Jake Cave, and Jay Bruce who all chipped in with RBI singles; Keyvius Sampson and Layne Somsen both worked scoreless innings.

Key Plays

  • Joey Votto got things going for the Reds in the first when he singled home Jose Peraza (who reached on a fielding error). Adam Duvall increased the first inning lead when he hit a two-run homer to left off of Chase Anderson (Reds 3 - Brewers 0).
  • It was a rough first inning for Anthony DeSclafani. Colin Walsh and Jonathan Lucroy led off the bottom of the first with singles. Ryan Braun, the very next hitter, double to drive in Walsh. Following the first out for the Brewers, they were able to get Lucroy home when Aaron Hill grounded out to Ivan De Jesus (Reds 3 - Brewers 2).
  • Jay Bruce increased the Reds lead in the top of the 3rd when he singled home Peraza. It was Peraza's second run scored of the game, and he leads the Reds in that category this spring with 8 (Reds 4 - Brewers 2).
  • The Brewers chipped away at the lead in the bottom of the 4th when the newly acquired Chris Carter hit a solo shot. It was Carter's third homer of the spring (Reds 4 - Brewers 3).
  • With Anthony DeSclafani still pitching, the Brewers tied it up in the 5th via a Kirk Nieuwenhuis triple. This was the final hitter DeSclafani would face and his final line looked something like this: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO. The outing raised his spring ERA to 6.59 (Reds 4 - Brewers 4).
  • Milwaukee briefly took the lead in the 6th when San Diego cast off Rymer Liriano drove home Jonathan Villar on a sac fly. JC Ramirez was pitching for the Reds at the time (Brewers 5 - Reds 4).
  • A half inning later Jake Cave tied the game back up on Cincinnati's third RBI single of the game. Cave's single off of Zach Davies allowed Brandon Dixon to score, who put himself in scoring position by stealing second during the previous at bat (Reds 5 - Brewers 5).
  • The Reds finally took the lead for good in the top of the 8th. Juan Duran led off the inning with a walk. After Blake Trahan grounded out to second, Chad Tromp was hit by a pitch and Yorman Rodriguez walked. With the bases loaded Tyler Holt doubled on the first pitch that he saw. Duran and Tromp both scored on the play (Reds 7 - Brewers 5).
  • The Brewers tried to make things interesting in the 9th Chris O'Grady started the inning for the Reds by giving up a single to Yadiel Rivera. A passed ball allowed Rivera to get to get to second, and he reached third on a sac fly from Manny Pina. Keon Broxton walked to give the Brewers runners on first and third with one out. The next batter, Eric Young Jr., grounded out to Jordan Pacheco, and Rivera scored. O'Grady finally finished the game when he struck out Ramon Flores.

March Madness is Gif-Tastic With a Capital G BABY!

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Yes I know it's from last year. It will forever be my favorite March Madness related gif.

Other Notes

  • The Adam LaRoche situation has now had more twist and turns than a daytime soap opera. Chris Sale either really really likes Adam LaRoche, or could he see this as an opportunity to get out of town? Leave your Chris Sale to the Reds trade proposals in the comments.
  • Hey...Bronson Arroyo's career isn't over! I'm assuming Washington now has one embarrassed doctor. It was reported that Arroyo had a tear in his rotator cuff, but it now appears to be bursa sac inflammation. The prognosis has gone from a career ending injury to...7-10 days of not throwing a baseball.
  • As mentioned earlier here at RR, the Reds optioned Robert Stephenson to AAA Louisville today. They also sent OF Jesse Winker to minor league camp. Any fans who were hoping these two might make the opening day roster will have to wait a little longer to see these two in big league action.
  • Cincinnati will look to keep the winning ways going tomorrow at 4:05 EST against Oakland. WLW will have the broadcast.
  • Tunes.