The Reds fell to Colorado 9-1 in Cactus League action on Monday in Goodyear. Brad Eldred hit two homers and drove in three to lead the Rockies’ attack.
It was a tough day for Cincinnati on both sides of the ball. The Reds offense only managed five hits. This was more disappointing because the lineup was basically the projected starting lineup for Opening Day. They played the required five innings before substitutions began to be made. Drew Stubbs got the start in center. Jonny Gomes started in left with lefty Jorge De La Rosa getting the start for the Rox. Jay Bruce was in right, the infield was Votto, Phillips, Rolen, and Cabrera. Ramon Hernandez, 1-for-2 with a double, got the start behind the plate. Chris Dickerson came on for Stubbs in the sixth and went 0-for-2. The defense gave up 10 hits, committed an error, and Reds pitchers walked seven.
Cincinnati got on the board first as Stubbs continued his hot hitting. He homered to left field in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead. Colorado got two in the third and one in the fifth off of Reds starter Bronson Arroyo – all on homers. Clint Barmes connected on the two-run shot with two out in the top of the third. Eldred got his first longball of the day to lead off the fifth.
The Rockies blew it open off of Aroldis Chapman in the seventh. Chapman came on in the sixth and got the Rox in order on just eight pitches, including a strikeout. The seventh was a different story. A crucial error by Drew Sutton at short opened up the floodgates as Colorado hung up a four-spot. With runners on first and second and one out, Rockies leadoff man Dexter Fowler hit a hard grounder up the middle. Sutton got his glove on the ball, but it skipped past for an error as a run scored. Chapman got an out, but began to struggle with his control. Then, with the bases loaded, Jordan Pacheco hit a rocket to the wall in left-center to clear the bases and the Rockies had a 7-1 lead. Chapman was pulled before the end of the inning. It was the Reds trainer who came out to look at him with manager Dusty Baker and pitching coach Bryan Price. Chapman left for precautionary reasons with a stiff back.
The Reds are off on Tuesday and will resume play on Wednesday vs. San Francisco in Goodyear. All remaining Reds spring games, except the split squad game at Las Vegas, will air on 700 WLW radio. Homer Bailey (0-0, 4.05) will take the mound for the Reds. First pitch will be 4:05 (ET).
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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!