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Giants ding and dong the baseball, defeat Reds 9-5

MLB: Spring Training-San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds Sam Greene-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

The Reds have compiled quite a stable of exciting young arms in recent years, and the spring is the best time to see what they might have to offer. The newest addition to that stable is Luis Castillo, a 24-year-old fireballer who was acquired from the Marlins in exchange for Dan Straily a few weeks ago. Castillo made his spring debut on Sunday, and on a day that saw several pitchers get knocked around, he was spectacular. He retired all six batters he faced, striking out two of them, and in general was a steadying force that allowed the Reds to have some semblance of a chance in the later innings.

Honorable mentions go to Dilson Herrera, who doubled home a pair of runs and walked twice; Jose Peraza, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI; Zach Vincej, who doubled home a run; and Tony Cingrani and Keury Mella, who each pitched one scoreless inning.

Key Plays

  • Quiet San Francisco Giants playoff hero Conor Gillaspie got the scoring started early on Sunday when he took a Tim Adleman pitch deep to right field, giving the Giants a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
  • The Reds wanted an answer in the bottom of the frame, and provided it quickly. Scott Schelber worked a walk to start the inning, and after a pitching change to follow a Brandon Dixon strikeout, Cincinnati rattled off four straight hits. Vincej ripped an RBI double to plate the team’s first run of the day, with Peraza singling behind him to push across another run. Herrera capped the inning with a two-run double to left, and the Reds had turned the game upside down to take a 4-2 lead.
  • Robert Stephenson made his spring debut in the third inning of this one, and it... could have gone better. The first two batters he faced walked and dingered, and before the inning was over two more runs scored on two more hits, another walk and a hit batter. Oof. Giants lead 6-2.
  • Nick Routt was enlisted to stifle the Giants’ offense in the fourth inning, but the bats just kept coming. Jimmy Rollins singled to open the inning, and scored three batters later when Jarett Parker launched a 2-run ding dong to left center. Giants up 8-2.
  • Michael Lorenzen made his first appearance of the spring in the sixth inning, and showed some significant rust, walking three batters and allowing another to single home a run. 9-2 ball game.
  • The Reds’ offense struggled to get going the rest of the way, but regained a little life in the eighth when Gabriel Guerrero whacked a double to kick off the inning. Hernan Iribarren later drove him home on a ground ball, and the Reds were down 9-5.That’s all she wrote. Reds lose 9-5.

Other Notes

  • The Reds will never win again, ever.Seriously, cancel your season tickets.
  • Joey Votto had three more at bats today, and struck out twice. My guess is he’s using the early spring to experiment a little bit at the plate, which is something I always get excited about, even if the results have been shoddy so far.
  • Mark Sheldon wrote up about Tim Adleman after the game, who’s hoping for an outside shot at cracking the rotation.
  • The Reds will be back in action against the Diamondbacks tomorrow, with game time set for 3:10p.m. EST. Scott Feldman will be on the hill for Cincinnati opposite Patrick Corbin.
  • Tunes.