Mike Leake pitched well and Josh Satin was the hero Sunday as the Reds beat the A’s 4-3. Satin hit a 3-run game-tying homer in the 8th and a walk-off RBI single in the 9th.

Final R H E
 Oakland A’s (13-8) 3 7 0
 Cincinnati Reds (9-9) 4 6 1
W: Cingrani (1-0) L: Rodriguez (0-1)
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Pitching: Mike Leake pitched 5 strong innings, only running into trouble in the 4th when he gave up 3 hits and his first run in 4 spring starts. Tony Cingrani struck out 3 in 2 perfect innings of relief. Jose Mijares had 2 strikeouts in a scoreless inning. Pedro Villarreal allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks in the 7th.

Hitting: Satin was 2 for 2 with all 4 RBIs. Kris Negron had 2 hits and 2 runs scored; his spring line is .364/.400/.545. Joey Votto and Zack Cozart each had a hit and a strikeout in 3 at-bats.

Fielding: The defense saved a run for Leake in the 4th when Skip Schumaker (playing centerfield) and Cozart pulled off what was said to be a perfect relay to catcher Tucker Barnhart to nab Ike Davis at home. Donald Lutz made an error in left field.

Up next: Monday, 3/23, the Reds visit the Rangers in Surprise for a 9:05pm start. Jason Marquis gets the start; Sam LeCure, Burke Badenhop and Kevin Gregg are also scheduled to pitch. The game is on MLB.tv and Gameday Audio.

Other news: C. Trent Rosecrans reported that Homer Bailey felt fine yesterday after throwing 2 innings and 29 pitches, giving up a hit and a walk with 2 strikeouts, in a minor league game.

Our own Steve Mancuso posted about how the Reds rotation appears to be set.

11 Responses

  1. WVRedlegs

    Leake is pitching like he is going into a contract/free agent year. Might be pitching his way out of the Reds budget. If Leake really has not heard from the Reds front office about an extension, then that is more bungling from the WJ front office. Jocketty and the front office must have put all their eggs in the Cueto basket. Exactly two weeks to go until Opening Day, and the Cueto deadline.
    Ex-Red Travis Wood is in a battle for the Cubs #5 spot. I wouldn’t mind seeing WJ make a quick trade and get him back and to have a LH in the rotation. A 2013 Wood over the 2014 version would be nice. He just walked too many batters with the Cubs and the Cubs not so good defense didn’t help. It’d have to be better than Marquis in the #4 spot.
    Nice to see Satin making a push for the last bench spot. Could push Suarez to AAA. Same with Mijares in the bullpen.

  2. preacherj

    For an ‘all glove, no stick’ catcher, Barnhart better improve on his throws to second. I don’t think he’s made a single good one all spring.

    • charlottencredsfan

      The Reds are giving a pretty long look at the Wallach kid at 1B. I’m sure he will spend another year or two in the minors but he seems to a have a clue at the plate. Keeping an eye on any of Doug’s progress reports.

      • lwblogger2

        Yeah, I think a position change may be in his future. He looks decent at the dish but by all accounts, not very good behind it. I still haven’t seen him play though.

      • charlottencredsfan

        The optimal outcome might be, if he proves he can hit at the MLB level, is that Wallach can play LF/1B and serve as a #3 catcher. Not ready to bet on it but I think the kid may be a player.

    • lwblogger2

      Doesn’t sound like he’s been too good throwing this season, though nobody covering the bag on two different occasions hasn’t helped… Honestly though, I saw some really, really good things defensively from Barnhart last season. I think he’ll be fine behind the plate. His bat is what needs the most work.

  3. renbutler

    Just a note about tonight’s 9 p.m. game against Texas:

    The game will be shown LIVE on MLB Network, and it should NOT be blacked out in Reds markets.

  4. Aaron Bradley

    Getting T Wood would be gutsy pro-active GM work… sadly that has been missing for quite some time. The team is reflecting the GM.

  5. sultanofswaff

    Negron tattooed a couple balls last night. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I saw Cozart do anything of the sort. So glad Price declared that there was no SS competition.

    Anyone else starting to think we’d be better off with Suarez/Negron up the middle?

    • lwblogger2

      I don’t know if we would be or not. I still don’t think Negron is an everyday player but what do I know? Last season and so far this spring, he’s hitting like one.