March 14, 2006

ST Game 14: Twins 10, Reds 3

The Reds fell to the Twins last night 10-3 under the lights at Ed Smith stadium in the first night game of spring training.

David Williams is starting to make me doubt the wisdom of the Casey trade. He allowed four runs on six hits through 3 2/3 innings of work. Rick White finished off that last out of the fourth before 19-year old phenom Homer Bailey came in to allow five runs on six hits in 1 2/3 innings of work. To be fair to Bailey, Tony Womack did commit a key error to extend his agony. Recognizing the talent of Bailey was one of the few things the Twins' radio announcers got right about the Reds in their broadcast last night.

Guy-I'd-never-heard-of Brad Salmon finished off the inning for Bailey, clearing the way for Kent Mercker, David Weathers, and Chris Hammond to pitch an inning of relief apiece. Weathers gave up the Twins' tenth run of the night, but I kind of doubt anyone much cared by that point. Mercker continued to look good since his return from that back strain.

It was the guys with something to prove who came through with the RBIs in the eighth inning. Frank Menechino, Earl Snyder, and Brian Buchanan can each claim one of the three runs the Reds scored.

The loss brings the Reds' record to 7-7. Our boys visit Fort Myers this afternoon to take on the Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. Aaron Harang is scheduled to start, so hopefully we'll see that the team was right and the the shoulder inflammation was really not serious and not worthy of an MRI.

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