The Reds played two, split squad games on Monday afternoon in Arizona. Juan Duran hit a 3-run walk-off home run with 1 out in the 9th inning, to lift the Reds to a 7-5 win over the Angels. In the other game, David Holmberg pitched three scoreless innings, as the Reds and Rockies ended in a 2-2 tie.
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Final R H E
 Cincinnati Reds (3-3)  2 6 0
 Colorado Rockies (2-3) 2 8 1
W: N/A L: N/A
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Final R H E
 Cincinnati Reds (4-3)  7 9 1
 LA Angels (2-3)  5 14 1
W: Travieso (1-0) L: Mattheus (0-1)
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Joey Votto walked and struck out (swinging!) in his two plate appearances on Monday against the Angels. 

Aroldis Chapman pitched two scoreless innings against the Angels. Chapman’s only blemish on the outing was an infield hit given up to AL MVP, Mike Trout. Chapman struck out two, without allowing a walk. Chapman has five strikeouts in three innings so far this spring.

David Holmberg  pitched three scoreless innings in his start against the Rockies on Monday. Holmberg did allow four hits, two walks, and a wild pitch, but able to work around trouble. He struck out three. Holmberg said this after the game (courtesy of Thomas Harding): “It’s always good to face those regulars and be able to compete. It went pretty well. The location was pretty good in the first couple of innings. I got a little fast and cut off some balls in the third. I ended leaving some guys on. The defense made some plays.”

Anthony DeSclafani struggled in his start against the Angels on Monday. Desclafani allowed three earned runs, five hits, and one walk, without striking anyone out. He made it through the first two innings without allowing a run, but ran into trouble in the third inning. After allowing two soft hits, DeSclafani walked Trout, before allowing a 2-run single to Albert Pujols. Desclafani said this after the game (courtesy of Mark Sheldon): “I feel good about it overall. I feel like I made some quality pitches over the entire outing. I got a lot of ground balls. A couple of ground balls snuck between first and second because we were playing a little over for the double play. You really can’t do anything about that, it’s just results right now. I got ground balls. I’m not going to worry about the three runs and all that stuff.”

Brandon Phillips went 0 for 3 with a strikeout against the Rockies. Phillips is off to a slow start this spring, as he is just 1 for 9. Phillips has been dealing with a slight groin injury. 

Burke Badenhop allowed another run in his lone inning of work against the Angels. His ERA dropped to 27.00 though. 

Jason Bourgeois and Kyle Skipworth both hit homers against the Angels, along with Juan Duran.

Devin Mesoraco is out indefinitely because of suffering a mind concussion after being hit by a ball on Saturday. It doesn’t sound like Mesoraco will be out long, but there is some cause to concern, as this is his third “known” concussion as a professional. 

Todd Frazier has been out of the lineup the last two days with back spasms, but is scheduled to return to the lineup tomorrow according to Thomas Harding.

Other news and notes:

Mark Sheldon: Injured Reds close to returning (Bailey, Mesoraco, Hamilton, Frazier)

C. Trent Rosecrans: Robert Stephenson throws live BP, Homer Bailey nears it

John Fay: Race for Reds’ rotation a dead heat – so far

Danny Wild: Reds Minor Leaguer Rahier arrested

Up next:

Reds at Brewers

4:05 PM (EST)

Maryvale Baseball Park; Phoenix, Arizona

Johnny Cueto (0-0) vs Kyle Lohse (0-0)

CIN Radio: WSAI-1360

CIN TV: MLB Network (delay at 9 PM)




6 Responses

  1. sultanofswaff

    For all the talk about DeSclafani being a control pitcher, he was not hitting his spots all day. I’ll chalk it up to spring training, but there’s a difference between throwing strikes and having command of the strike zone. Still, I’d put him neck and neck with Marquis, with the kid getting the benefit of the doubt given his upside.

    Dominguez is a horrible defender at 1b and 3b. Pass.

    You gotta like what you see from YRod. Still only 22, he’s got plus bat speed and a plan. The kid is going to have a big year.

    • lwblogger2

      I hope you’re right. I’m not big on Rodriguez and I’m hoping the issues I see with him are errors in judgement on my part. I keep telling myself “He’s only 22” and that does put some of the things that I worry about with him into perspective. You gotta love the tools.

  2. chezpayton

    Holmberg is my dark horse for making the rotation this year over Desclafani. I don’t really have a reason, and it’s nothing against Anthony, I just think Holmberg will explode this year in a good way. Gotta stay positive.

    • lwblogger2

      The fearless prediction? Nice! I hope you’re right. I’d like to see a solid LH pitcher in the rotation and if Holmberg can be that guy, that would be great.

      • lwblogger2

        And yes, I know Cingrani is a lefty. I’m just still not sure about him as a starter.

  3. charlottencredsfan

    From Mark Sheldon’s blog:

    “The first round of Reds roster cuts were announced on Tuesday.

    optioned to Double-A Pensacola: OF Juan Duran;

    optioned to Triple-A Louisville: OF Yorman Rodriguez

    Reassigned to the minor league camp: RHP Jonathon Crawford, LHP Ismael Guillon, RHP Nick Howard, RHP Robert Stephenson, RHP Nick Travieso, IF Neftali Soto, OF Ryan LaMarre and OF Jesse Winker.

    That leaves 54 players in camp.”

    Been nice to see a little more of YRod, Travieso and Winker.

    TV today and no BHam, JV or Jay Bruce. Negron in CF is kind of interesting though.