It was not a happy St. Patrick’s Day for the Reds on Wednesday in Goodyear. Cincinnati fell to Milwaukee
5-2 in the afternoon, then dropped an 8-2 decision to Cleveland at night. The Indians, the Reds spring training partners in Goodyear, have beaten the Reds all three times they’ve met this spring. Cincinnati hopes to reverse that trend on Thursday as the Indians will be the home team. First pitch is 4:05 (ET) and will be televised on FS-Ohio.
Like the day game, the problem in the nightcap was hitting. Cincinnati picked up six hits in Game One. They got only three hits in Game Two. Drew Stubbs and Orlando Cabrera each hit doubles, and Brandon Phillips had a single and drove in both runs. Juan Francisco, Laynce Nix, Jay Bruce, Miguel Cairo, Todd Frazier and Ryan Hanigan were all starters who failed to get a hit in the game. 11 of Cincinnati’s 27 outs were via the K. Manager Dusty Baker says everyone who played in this one will sit out Thursday’s game.
On the mound, Bronson Arroyo (L, 1-1) suffered his first rough outing of the spring. He gave up five runs on eight hits and couldn’t get out of the fourth inning. Tied 1-1 entering the fourth, the Tribe hung a four-spot on the Redlegs for a 5-1 lead and didn’t look back.
It was a good day for Micah Owings. Owings had a great outing, going three innings without allowing a hit or a run. He walked two and struck out two and was the Reds’ best pitcher of the night. Daniel Ray Herrera gave up two runs in his inning of work. Jared Burton gave up a two-out solo homer to Beau Mills in the ninth.
The Reds fall to 6-6-1 with the two losses. The Indians are now 7-4-2. As mentioned, these two will hook up again on Thursday as Homer Bailey (0-0, 3.00) takes the hill for the Reds while Hector Rondon (0-0, 0.00) goes for the Indians. Bailey will be followed by a combination of Sam LeCure(0-0, 0.00), Francisco Cordero (0-0, 0.00), Pedro Viola (0-0, 12.00), Logan Ondrusek (0-0, 0.00) and Phillippe Valiquette (0-0, 9.00).
NOTES… Mike Lincoln has been told that he will move to the bullpen to start the season. He was lit up in two of his three starts and has an 11.37 ERA… Aroldis Chapman remains in the running for the fifth starter position. Don’t get your hopes up too high, though. Baker said, “We’ve got a ways to go before we make that determination.” Chapman added a new pitch on Wednesday – a sinker. That gives him that 100 MPH fastball, a 91 MPH slider, a 77 MPH changeup, and now a hard sinker. Baker said the sinker was “a two-seamer that we didn’t even know he had.” One thing Baker said on Wednesday morning was that Dayton pitching coach Tony Fossas, Chapman’s interpreter and confidante, will be staying around the major league camp a few extra days – until Tuesday’s off day. I think the Reds are a better team with Chapman in their rotation. I’ll share more thoughts on Tuesday… The Opening Day festivities are set. Hall of Famer Johnny Bench will be the Grand Marshal for the 91st Findlay Market Opening Day Parade. He will also catch the ceremonial first pitch from former Reds TV announcer George Grande, who will throw it in honor of his 17 years of service as TV Voice of the Reds. Miss Ohio USA Amanda Tempel will deliver the official game ball to the mound for Reds starter Aaron Harang. Tempel is a 2008 graduate of Roger Bacon High School. And, get this, the National Anthem will be sung by former Cincinnati Bengals tight end Ben Utecht. Did you know that the Super Bowl XLI Champion who was then a member of the Indianapolis Colts was also a recording artist? Me neither. Hope he sings better than Fred Dean. (I’m sure he will.)
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Written by Dave Allen
I'm a lifelong Cincinnati sports fan who has been following the Reds and Bengals ever since I can remember. My first Reds game was Game 6 of the '72 World Series and my first Bengals game was an October 1975 clash with the Steelers. I've been involved in sports media since Junior High, when I assisted with scores for Bob Trumpy SportsTalk in 1979 on WLW Radio. My biggest Reds highlight came in 1998 when I was chosen to be the public address announcer at Riverfront Stadium (then called Cinergy Field) for Opening Day and the entire first homestand. I am thrilled to be involved with PSB and I hope you enjoy my entries!