Cincinnati scored all of their runs on homers as the Reds came from behind to beat Seattle 6-2 in Goodyear on Friday night. The win broke a 3-game losing streak.
Seattle got a run in the first inning off of Reds starter Aaron Harang (W, 1-1). Casey Kotchman got a 2-out single and Milton Bradley doubled him in for a 1-0 lead. That’s where it stood until Cincinnati put three on the board in each of the fifth and sixth innings off of Jason Vargus(L, 0-1).
Chris Heisey got the Reds on the board with a 2-out, pinch-hit home run. Drew Stubbs followed with an inside-the-park home run to right-center and a 3-1 lead. After the Mariners got one back off of Matt Maloney in the sixth, Scott Rolen belted a 2-run shot with one out. Then, with two outs, Laynce Nix hit a moon shot to right for a 6-2 lead. Daniel Ray Herrera and Nick Masset worked scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th to close it out.
You could tell that playing the night game was big for both managers. Ichiro, Chone Figgins, Casey Kotchman, and Franklin Gutierrez played all nine innings for manager Don Wakamatsu. Milton Bradley might have as well, but he was ejected by home plate umpire Jon Merry for arguing balls and strikes in the fourth. It was Bradley’s second ejection of the spring.
Reds manager Dusty Baker had said he was going to go with his regular starters in the game, so that they could begin working on their night vision. In the outfield battles, Drew Stubbs got the start in center, while Jonny Gomes started in left. So, the Opening Day Lineup could look like this:
Word from the clubhouse was that Harang was thrilled with his outing Friday. He went five innings and gave up a run on six hits, with six strikeouts and he didn’t walk a batter. “Harang threw the ball excellent tonight,” Baker said. “He had good velocity, good tempo, a very good breaking ball and changeup. It was great to see. Everybody threw the ball well.” Harang looks to go six innings in his next start and between seven or eight in his final tune-up of the spring.
The Reds travel to Scottsdale on Saturday for an afternoon game with the San Francisco Giants. Cincinnati sends Travis Wood (0-0, 1.29) to the mound to face San Francisco’s Todd Wellemeyer (1-0, 1.80). The game will be live on 700 WLW radio with a 4:05 (ET) first pitch. The game will also be televised on tape delay on MLB Network. The tape delayed telecast will begin at 5:00 (ET).
NOTES… The media brought up the issue of Gomes’ play during their pre-game chat with Baker. Gomes is hitting .310 with three homers and nine RBIs. Might Gomes become an everyday player in left, instead of just facing lefthanders? Baker acknowledged that Jonny is having a good spring, but he wasn’t sold on his performance just yet. “Not to take anything away from Jonny,” said Baker, “but those breaking balls aren’t breaking the same way (in this dry air). It’s a little harder to judge overall. Everybody knows that Jonny can hit that fastball.”
Before the game, Baker also had said that Chris Dickerson was outplaying Stubbs so far in the battle for center field. Then the night game started and he went with Stubbs. Stubbs responded with a
The St. Louis Cardinals returned pitcher Ben Jukich to the Reds late Thursday. St. Louis had picked Jukich in the Rule 5 draft. Since the Cardinals weren’t going to keep him on their major league roster, they had to return him. The Reds passed him through waivers and he’s been assigned to Louisville…Also late Thursday, the Reds optioned to Louisville Enerio Del Rosario, Sam LeCure, Chris Valaika, and Pedro Viola. They assigned Devin Mesoraco to Louisville as well. That leaves 43 players in major league camp. Look for that number to be paired down a bit on Sunday… The Reds sent word today that Aroldis Chapman would not get the start in the Reds final FS-Ohio telecast of the spring on Monday. That start will go to Bronson Arroyo. Chapman will still pitch in the game, however. According to Mark Sheldon’s blog on MLB.com, Arroyo is scheduled to go five innings and Chapman will follow for four. The Colorado Rockies will provide the opposition in the 4:05 (ET) start.
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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!