Three runs in the ninth carry the Reds to a victory over the Yanks today in Grapefruit League action. A Bobby Estallela double plated Edwin Encarnacion for the go-ahead run.

Felipe Lopez had three hits, including a doublt, and started at SS. Unfortunately for those who hope to see Lopez starting full-time at SS this season, Rich Aurilia had a couple of knocks as DH. Kearns (two doubles), Estalella, and Encarnacion each had multi-hit games, too.

Ramon Ortiz and Ricky Stone each got roughed up, but the rest of the staff held the Yankees in check. Of note: Graves and Mercker pitched scoreless innings, and Todd Coffey got the save with a shutout inning.

Split-squad games against Pittsburgh tomorrow.

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3 Responses

  1. Rob

    Did anyone read the AP report on the game? Is this guy a Yankees beat writer or what? Reading it, i almost forgot who the freakin’ Yankees were playing.

    I’m happy to see Coffey have a quality outing.

  2. Chad

    Yep, I read the AP report. That’s why I chose to link the game recap. There was almost no Reds content in the AP story, but I guess that’s not surprising.

    Agree re: Coffey. I don’t know why, but I find myself really rooting for this young man.

  3. Tyler

    I hope that Coffey can make the club, I like what I am reading about him. All about throwing strikes. At Red Reporter he has an interview with him.