Feb 22, 2013; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds right fielder Shin-Soo Choo (left) talks with teammates in the dugout during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark. (Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports)

Reds Fall in Spring Opener, 11-10

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So, while a good many Reds fans were tweeting their hearts heart on Twitter, the Reds played the Cleveland Indians in the opener of the Cactus League. The end result was an “L” as the Tribe pushed across three runs in the bottom of the ninth for the 11-10 victory.

Here’s how the projected Reds starters fared in yesterday’s game:

Player H-AB
Shin-Soo Choo 0-2 BB, R
Brandon Phillips 1-3 R
Joey Votto 2-3 R, RBI
Ryan Ludwick 1-1 BB
Jay Bruce 0-2
Todd Frazier 0-2 R, RBI
Zack Cozart 1-2 R
Ryan Hanigan 1-2 2 RBI
Devin Mesoraco 1-1 R, 2 RBI
7-18 2 BB, 6 R, 6 RBI

That’s a .389 BA in case you were wondering. I think the Good Guys’ starters got a decent day of work.

FWIW:

  • No pitcher that worked this game is projected to make the 25-man roster. Of those 6 pitchers, only Tony Cingrani (5 IP) and Pedro Villarreal (1 IP) have had any MLB experience (with the Reds, that is). Sure, Cingrani got knocked around (1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, BB, SO), but he only threw 12 pitches and faced 6 batters according to the boxscore on the Reds website.
  • Villareal worked two full innings. He surrendered one run on two hits and walked one.
  • Clay Hensley got a nice look going 2.1 IP, but he only threw 10 pitches and all were strikes. He only permitted one baserunner – a double to Juan Diaz in the bottom of the 4th.
  • Other “minor league guys” fared decently, too. Miguel Olivo clobbered a a solo shot. Cesar Izturis was 1-for-2 and scored a run.

Back at it again today at 3:05 PM ET. Same place (Goodyear) against the same opponent (Cleveland). Today, the Reds are the home squad.

Maybe we see some bottom of 9th magic?

Choo and Antonetti:

If you haven’t already, you must read this from Ken Rosenthal. It’s a great look at the relationship Choo had with his now former GM Chris Antonetti. With the way free agency has affected all sports, it is always a bonus to read something where a former player doesn’t take being moved personally.

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