March 30, 2011
W: Arroyo (1-2)
L: Masterson (0-2)
Bronson Arroyo started the final game of spring training for the Cincinnati Reds yesterday. And despite his mono, he did very well. It may have been the longest outing by a Reds starter all spring, as Arroyo went 6 1/3 innings, allowed just 2 earned runs, while striking out 3.
It should be noted that those 2 runs were from 2 home runs by the Cleveland Indians’ Shin-Soo Choo. Choo is 6-12 in his career against Arroyo, with 4 homers. It might be a good idea to walk him during the regular season.
The offense continued its explosiveness, though, making sure those 2 runs of Arroyo’s weren’t no thang. Jonny Gomes hit his 5th home run. Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Juan Francisco, Paul Janish, and Ryan Hanigan all chipped in with an RBI apiece, too.
After Arroyo left, having vanquished both the Indians and doubts about his ability to pitch through mono, the bullpen took over. Bill Bray did well, but Logan Ondrusek had some troubles in the 8th, but Aroldis Chapman came to the rescue. Jerry Gil closed out the game.
So the Reds finished spring training with a record of 17-14-1. The won the exhibition series against their stadium-mates the Indians. Both the offense and the pitching seem to be hitting their stride just at the right time. But the most important thing from the game is something that didn’t happen: nobody got injured!
March 29, 2011
It took until the penultimate game of spring training, but the Cincinnati Reds finally managed to put both good hitting and good pitching together over the course of a single game’s 9 innings. The offense provided 4 home runs–including a solo shot from Jonny Gomes and a 3-run shot from Drew Stubbs–and the pitching only allowed 1 run. Mike Leake even had a great start. Now that they’ve done it once, let’s hope this team can do that 90-some times during the regular season.
Bronson Arroyo starts the final spring training game against the Cleveland Indians, who will be sending out Justin Masterson. The Reds will be looking to win the spring training Ohio Cup, as the series is currently tied. Game-time is 3:05pm EDT, and it will be on 700 WLW.
Kaisan at the Ol’ Ballpark
Great American Ball Park will be the Reds home for the ninth year this year. One thing that the Castellini ownership group has done ever since taking over has been making improvements and changes to the park every year. This year is no different. The Cincinnati Enquirer highlights the new features.
- UDF Reds Market on View Level: GABP now has two UDF Reds Markets, one on the Terrace Level and, new for 2011, one on the View Level. This “grab-n-go” store on the top View Level features a variety of new items including sandwiches and wraps made fresh daily, fresh fruit, an extended selection of import and domestic beers, wine, Coca-Cola products, snacks and candy, plus sundries such as sunscreen, batteries, diapers and more.
New Terrace Level food bars: Two new food bars located along the first base line and third base line will serve Mexican shredded beef or chicken nachos, and tacos with Mexican rice.
Riverfront Club now open to all: The Riverfront Club offers extraordinary views of the Ohio River and GABP and is now open to all fans. Fans can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet or order appetizers or entrees off the menu. The buffet is $26 for opening day and night games, $20 for day games.
Another UDF Market? I wonder if they’ll have twice as much sushi.
The season is almost upon us. I can hardly wait to try some of these things for myself.
What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
With their win today, the Reds secured their first winning record in their second year of spring training in Goodyear, Arizona.
March 28, 2011
The Cincinnati Reds have unofficially set the 2011 opening day roster, according to John Fay.
The Reds roster doesn’t have to be officially set until Thursday at 11 a.m. But it’s all but official right now. The Reds currently have 30 players in camp. Four of them — Jose Arredondo, Fred Lewis, Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto — will start the year on the disabled list.
Of course, subtracting 4 from 30 gives you 26. Who’s that extra player? The mustachioed Corky Miller. Basically, if Ramon Hernandez’s elbow is healthy, Miller will start the year in Louisville. If not, the Reds will be starting 2011 with the Corkster.
Or at least, that’s the way things stood today before the game against the Chicago White Sox. During the seventh inning, reliever Jared Burton left the game before the inning was over.
Burton told Baker the problem was he could not get his shoulder extended when reaching back to throw.
He will be examined again tomorrow.
Dang. There’s only one Spring Training game left. Can this team manage to get through it without someone else being injured?
March 27, 2011
Today, the Reds reassigned two more players–pitcher Dontrelle Willis and outfilder Jeremy Hermida–to minor league camp.
Willis is likely to report, sure in the knowledge that the injury bug has hit the team hard and the chances are good that he’ll be making a few starts with the club, no matter how crappily he’s been pitching the last two weeks.
Hermida is exploring other options, though with a week to go before opening day, it’s hard to imagine there being a big league deal out there waiting, no matter how well he’s performed. Hermida is the unfortunate victim of a crowded outfield, where a certain Juan Francisco may get the nod thanks to backin’ up, backin’ up, backin up Scott Rolen at third base.
These cuts come very shortly after three players were cut yesterday. Infielder Chris Valaika, outfielder Dave Sappelt, and catcher Devin Mesoraco got the bad news, though it probably wasn’t a surprise for any of them, despite the fact that Sappelt was hitting .750 or something stupid like that.
Just three more cuts to make before Opening Day on Thursday.