The Reds were thrashed by the Blue Jays in their final spring outing, succeeding only in scattering three singles and making all of Reds’ Country emit a sigh of resignation.

Final R H E
 Cincinnati Reds (15-14) 1 3 1
 Toronto Blue Jays (19-13) 9 15 0
W: Norris (4-0) L: DeSclafani (1-2)

Pitching: Anthony DeSclafani started the game, going 4.0 innings and giving up 2 earned runs on a homer and a RBI-double. DeSclafani also struck out three but was shaky with his command overall, hitting a batter and walking two…Sam LeCure may be back sooner rather than later as Kevin Gregg allowed 4 earned runs on 4 hits and a walk while only recording two outs. Granted, two of the runs did score after Gregg had exited the game, but still the decision to keep the veteran reliever over LeCure seems questionable…Manny Parra also had a rough day at the park, allowing 3 earned runs on 5 hits in just 0.2 innings pitched…JJ Hoover looked sharp at the end of the game, striking out two consecutive hitters with runners on the corners.

Hitting: There really wasn’t much hitting today, but Bryson Smith did go 2 for 2 with an RBI. No one who is actually expected to start for the Reds recorded a hit.

Fielding: Billy Hamilton started a nice relay of throws that eventually got Jose Bautista out at third after his RBI double. Some sloppy baserunning aided the situation, but it was still a bright spot on an otherwise miserable game…Brennan Boesch muffed a single in right, giving up an extra base.

Of Note

The Reds finally start the 2015 season Monday afternoon against the Pirates. Johnny Cueto will take the mound against Francisco Liriano in Great American Ballpark.

Bryan Price has batted Brandon Phillips 7th the past two games.

Jay Bruce ended the spring with a .178 batting average and 15 strikeouts in 45 at-bats. However, of his 8 hits, 3 were home runs.


7 Responses

  1. sezwhom

    Jay Bruce ended the spring with a .178 batting average and 15 strikeouts in 45 at-bats. However, of his 8 hits, 3 were home runs.

    Already in mid-season form.

  2. charlottencredsfan

    Horrible game to watch.

    My concerns for this team in order:
    1) Bullpen
    2) Starting Lineup
    3) Starting Rotation
    4) Bench (IMO, will be better than in recent years)

    My concerns for individual players:
    1) Bruce
    2) Hamilton
    3) Votto
    4) Mes (injury because of future concussions)
    5) Cueto (injury because of 2014 workload and shortened ST)
    6) Bailey (how long to get right, once he returns)

    In addition, Reds are probably the slowest team in all of baseball and I hope Price pulls back the reins a bit. Seldom see a ball butchered the way Boesch handled that one in RF. Actually, his defense looked pretty good this spring but wow….

    Otherwise, I feel very good about the club’s chances in 2015.

    • jdx19

      I’m glad you mentioned Boesch’s defense. He’s cringe-worthy out there.

  3. Vanessa Galagnara

    Bruce, Votto, and Hamilton….. All three looked awful in spring training. Hopeful the stink,was washed out with the,spring cleaning but it,does make you wonder how,long until this team clicks in.

    • jdx19

      Grouping Votto in with those two is pretty silly. Pretty sure if you count his 7 AB minor league game (which is just as valid as other early spring training games) his OBP was still north of .400 I think.

      He struck out a lot more than usual. That’s pretty much the only real downside. Not enough ABs to really say anything else. But, if a guy with a .400 OBP is classified as having a “terrible spring,” then I wonder what it takes to impress you.

      • Vanessa Galagnara

        I get why everyone defends a single negative comment about Joey but you are just being silly yourself. If anything Joey is making more people worried because he had so few at bats. He had an awful spring training there,is no,other,waymto,say it.

      • charlottencredsfan

        JD, my problem is that Joey couldn’t drive fastballs and he may be reduced to guessing on pitch speed to get the bat going on good fastballs. He is going to be pitched hard and inside so much, he might even break a couple of bats – in the past, a rare occurrence indeed.

        I wouldn’t say he looked “awful” just not Vottoian.