|Ã‚Â Cincinnati RedsÃ‚Â (5-5-2)||3||9||0|
|Ã‚Â Los Angeles Dodgers (5-2-4)||3||5||1|
|Ã‚Â W: NoneÃ‚Â L: None|
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Pitching: Jason Marquis continues to try to make his case for a spot on the starting rotation with a third straight strong outing, pitching four innings and giving up three hits and one run with zero walks and one strikeout. His Spring line so far is three starts, nine innings, three hits, one run, two walks, seven strikeouts. That will do Jason. The only other guy battling for a rotation spot who has made at least two starts is Anthony DeSclafani who currently has a 5.40 ERA in five innings. We might be seeing some distance being put between the pitchers in the competition. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an Opening Day rotation ending in Marquis and David Holmberg, with Homer Bailey returning after a few rotations through to send Holmberg back down.
Chapman alert! There has been a confirmed sighting of Chapman pitching two innings. More of that in the regular season, please. An equal oddity was he struck out zero players in his perfect first inning, but did manage to get all three outs on just three pitches. Despite allowing a run in his second inning, he only used ten pitches to face seven batters. Pitch efficiency is always nice.
Jose Mijares came in to get a hold by pitching a perfect seventh inning, to be followed by two innings of Kevius Sampson who earned a blown save in his second inning of work when the Dodgers scored their third run much in the same way they scored their second. Hit, advance the runner with an out, score the runner with an out, making the final two runs for the Dodgers score with just one hit and zero walks each.
Hitting:Ã‚Â While not quite as exciting as yesterday’s batting practice game, there was a thing or two of note. Marlon Byrd got his first extra base hit of the Spring with a double in the sixth off of Carlos Frias. Hopefully that starts showing itself.
Kyle Waldrop continued his impressive Spring display, hitting a triple and stealing a base after a walk, leading to him scoring two of the Reds three runs on the night. His Spring is now at 5-18, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 SB to produce an impressive .278/.350/.667 line. The 23-year-old, 2010 12th round pick outfielder finished his season in AA last year hitting .315/.359/.517 in 252 plate appearances.
-The Reds defense managed to turn two double plays in the game, making it the eight straight game with at least one double play for the Reds, and the second straight with two.
-I’ll sure be happy when Spring Training is over and the regular season starts. All these ties are so unsatisfying in a game that normally can’t have one.
The Reds take on the Rockies at 4:05pm EST. The starting pitchers will be Anthony DeSclafani for Cincinnati and Jordan Lyles for Colorado. Today’s game will be broadcasted on the radio on WLW 700.