The Reds scored seven runs in their last at-bat to beat a split-squad San Francisco Giants team 10-3 in Cactus League action in Goodyear on Wednesday. They beat up on former Red Jeremy Affeldt (L, 2-1) to do it. It was a far cry from Saturday’s 6-0 loss to San Fran at Scottsdale on Saturday.
With the regular season less than two weeks away, both teams went with mostly projected Opening Day starters in their lineups. The teams traded runs in the first. Aubrey Huff dunked one on the left field line to score Aaron Rowand with one out in the first for the Giants. Chris Dickerson, who started in centerfield for the Reds, helped Cincinnati answer with a leadoff single, steals of second and third, and scored on a grounder to second off the bat of Joey Votto.
The Reds scored another run off of Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez on a Votto groundout in the third, as Cincinnati took a 2-1 lead. Starting pitcher Homer Bailey drew a lead-off walk. Dickerson reached on an error. Orlando Cabrera sacrificed them to second and third to set the stage for Votto.
Scott Rolen led off the fourth with a single. One-out later Wladimir Balentien doubled to left. Mark DeRosa misplayed the ball for an error, allowing Rolen to score from first. The Reds led 3-1.
Back came San Francisco. The Giants scored an unearned run off of Francisco Cordero in the seventh. In the eighth, Edgar Renteria hit a 2-out solo homer off of Jared Burton (W, 3-0) to tie it.
Cincinnati beat up on Affeldt and Brandon Medders in the bottom of the frame. Juan Francisco hit a lead-off double to start the rally. He scored on an Affeldt error, when Miguel Cairo grounded back to the box. Aaron Miles, who committed the error in the seventh to allow the unearned run, got it back with a double to score Cairo. On came Medders. He walked Drew Sutton, then got Jonny Gomes to hit into a force play. With two-out, Corky Miller doubled to plate two, Paul Janish doubled to score Miller, then Drew Stubbs cranked a 2-run homer to cap it off.
Daniel Ray Herrera had a little trouble in the ninth, giving up a pair of hits. But he got out of the inning unscathed with a strikeout, and the Reds had the victory.
It was a very nice day for Bailey on the mound. He finished his scheduled five innings, allowing a run on three hits and a walk. Bailey retired the last 10 batters that he faced. He didn’t strike anyone out, but he wasn’t trying to. “I pounded the zone,” Bailey said. “That was what I wanted to do. I wasn’t trying to strike guys out. I was trying to locate pitches in a general area.”
The Reds travel to Tucson tomorrow for a battle with the Colorado Rockies. The pitching matchup pits Aaron Harang (1-1, 5.68) for Cincinnati against Ubaldo Jiminez (1-0, 3.00) for the Rox. First pitch is 4:05 (ET).
Morning Meeting and Notes… You can imagine all the talk in the morning meeting with manager Dusty Baker centered around Aroldis Chapman’s back. How bad is it, when will he come back, what did he say, etc. Baker said that Chapman was having trouble with spasms. It could be only a day-to-day thing, but Chapman’s name doesn’t appear on the Reds pitching schedule and what’s posted goes through March 30. Baker said that the Reds are taking a conservative approach to it. “I hate to speculate about it,” Baker said. “He’ll get treatment, and I hope that it’s okay.” The Reds say he’ll be re-evaluated later this week. It’s interesting to note that Chapman’s heritage had a lot to do with him not saying anything about his back before Monday’s appearance in Baker’s mind. Baker said, “You don’t complain in Cuba. You complain, you don’t eat.” Baker had a meeting with Chapman before he met with the media. “I told him this morning that ‘you’re no longer where you were,’” Baker said. “’Anything that happens that you feel, you come and tell me without feeling like you’re being a wimp.”… The Reds spring roster stands at 40. Cincinnati has optioned Chris Heisey to Louisville, and reassigned Zach Cozart and Todd Frazier to minor league camp… Fox Sports Ohio will be televising 145 of the Reds 162 games this year. They will all be presented in High Definition… The Reds also have announced that Opening Day will be televised on over-the-air television, also in HD. WKRC-TV channel 12.1 will simulcast the opener… The Grand Opening of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum’s exhibit honoring the 1990 Wire-to-Wire World Championship team is Thursday from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. Tickets are $80 per person for the general public and $70 for Reds Hall of Fame and Museum Members. Tickets include parking, two drink tickets, a buffet dinner, and a program that features a Q&A session with 2010 Reds Hall of Fame inductee Chris Sabo and other members of that historic team.
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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!