March 5, 2006

ST Game 5: Reds 5, Tampa Bay 7

The Reds fell to the Devil Rays today to the tune of 7 to 5 in Sarasota.

Phil Dumatrait started for the Reds and gave up just a home run over two innings of work. Jimmy Journell was sound in his scoreless inning. Bubba Nelson, unfortunately, gave up four runs on five hits in less than an inning. The Reds also ran out Ben Kozlowski, Chris Michalak, Chris Hammond, Jason Standridge, and Todd Coffey.

Meanwhile, manager Jerry Narron was quoted expressing his displeasure with the pitching performance so far this spring training:

“Everyone thinks our club is set, but we’re begging for somebody to come out there and step on the mound and dominate the game,” he said. “Right now, I’m looking for guys to get in the game and throw strikes, command the baseball, not pitch from behind, not miss by three feet – miss by three inches.

I don't think it's a coincidence that Narron starts talking about how the pitchers need to step up, and then we see a parade of pitchers. According to Marty and Joe on the radio today, the first cuts are coming Thursday, and they're going to be big. Narron's giving them all one last chance to come in and dominate.

Tomorrow the Reds host the Phillies at home at 1:05 p.m.

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