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.
|Ã‚Â Oakland A’sÃ‚Â (13-8)||3||7||0|
|Ã‚Â Cincinnati RedsÃ‚Â (9-9)||4||6||1|
|W:Ã‚Â CingraniÃ‚Â (1-0)Ã‚Â L: RodriguezÃ‚Â (0-1)|
||Ã‚Â Box ScoreÃ‚Â |Ã‚Â MLB.com RecapÃ‚Â |Ã‚Â AP RecapÃ‚Â ||
Pitching:Ã‚Â 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 strikeoutsÃ‚Â in a scoreless inning. Pedro Villarreal allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks in the 7th.
Hitting:Ã‚Â 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:Ã‚Â 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:Ã‚Â 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:Ã‚Â C. Trent Rosecrans reportedÃ‚Â 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 postedÃ‚Â about how the Reds rotation appears to be set.