Reds Game Thread: CLE v CIN (Spring Training)

Welcome to Blog Red Machine’s first ever game thread. This is a feature I have wanted to do for a while and I sincerely hope to evolve this into a regular feature on BRM.

With the game being broadcast on Fox Sports Ohio, I thought this would be a good day to do so. With today being St. Patrick’s Day (and I’m not wearing green), participation could be spotty.

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Today’s starters:
Cleveland (13-8-1) – Justin Masterson (2-0, 4.15 ERA, 1.038 WHIP)
Cincinnati (6-13-2) – Mat Latos (0-0, 1,50 ERA, 0.833 WHIP)

Starting lineups:

Feb 16, 2013; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Latos poses for a photo during photo day at the Reds Spring Training Facility. (Photo: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports)

Cleveland   Cincinnati  
Player Pos Player Pos
Bourn 8 Robinson 8
Stubbs 9 Cozart 6
Brantley 7 Votto 3
Phelps 5 Paul 7
Carson DH Bruce 9
McGuinness 3 Frazier 5
Diaz 6 Donald 4
Hernandez 4 Mesoraco 2
Jeroloman 2 Latos 1

Pre-game Notes:
- Appears the Tribe is going with a DH while the Reds aren’t. Seeing as it’s only 15 days from Opening Day, makes sense.
- According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. Masterson is slated to go 6 innings.

There are a couple of things I would like to add here:

1. Be considerate of others.
2. No profanity.

Now…scroll down to the comments section (If there are no comments, make the first one to get things started!) and enjoy!

(If you like to keep score, head here and there are a number of printable scorecards available for download. Some are PDF and some are Excel.)

Topics: Cincinnati Reds

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  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Okay…if you’re watching FSO, you could tell she was reading off a cue card or teleprompter.

    • JD Rentz

      I haven’t made the switch over yet (still affixed to my Bristol racing addiction), but it looks like we could use this on a regular basis for any kind of chatting … true?

      • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

        Not sure I would use it as a “chat”.

  • JD Rentz

    Does this automatically refresh for new comments without refreshing the page?

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      I believe it has a feature where it “tells” you of new comments…

      • JD Rentz

        Yep, I just saw the highlighted markers come up for a new comment. It’s not too bad. At least it stays layered with replies.

        • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

          The other doesn’t…it was merely one stream.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Nice play by Mat!

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    1-2-3 1st for Latos…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    XPaul put a charge into that one!

  • JD Rentz

    Frazier home run!

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    ToddFather with a shot. 5-0 Reds and only one out! Save some of this for the regular season?

  • Josh Bresser

    The Reds are putting on a show for the camera

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Kinda ho-hum for Latos thus far…

  • Josh Bresser

    This AB from Latos is better than most of the Indians’ players ABs so far.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Was wondering how long before the Chapman talk would emerge…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    E3…by Joey? Really?

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    And then the Reds turn two…on Bourn.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Stubbs with the RBI infield single. 5-1 Good Guys…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Donald, Burriss or Izturis? Who ya got?

    • JD Rentz

      Donald is the far and away favorite. Burriss’s only redeeming factor is speed, but it does little good if he can’t get on base (and his career OBP is woeful). Izturis is a solid maybe. Likelihood going forward order: (1) Donald, (2) Izturis, (3) Burriss.

      • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

        Doesn’t hurt that Donald has no options remaining and the other two are on minor league deals.

  • http://twitter.com/kourageBRM Kourage Kundahl

    These early rallies haven’t turned out well for the Reds in Spring Training. Hopefully Latos can hold on to this for at least another inning.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Well, looks like Masterson’s outing was shortened, but he did throw a high number pitches in the first inning.

  • Josh Bresser

    Villarreal in. Uh oh.

  • Josh Bresser

    Cord is an odd name. I wonder if he has a brother named Wire.

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      It was Plug…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Do I hear a little Rush at the game?

  • Josh Bresser

    Typical Spring Training 13 pattern- regulars perform well and get a lead and then some minor league pitcher gives it up.

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      At least Pedro got out of it and the Reds still have the lead…for now anyway

      • Josh Bresser

        Yeah, for now. Wasn’t Broxton supposed to pitch today? Makes sense to use him earlier so he can face better players.

        • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

          No sure about Brox.

  • Josh Bresser

    Jocketty seems peeved at Chapman saying he wants to close- “We don’t let every player tell us how they want to be used.”

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      Walt’s is looking a little bad saying that. All parties should zip it on the matter until a decision is announced..

      • Josh Bresser

        Agreeing with Dusty on a decision like this is pretty unusual for me, but I think I’d rather just see Chapman stay as a closer.

  • Josh Bresser

    Nice to finally see BHam on TV.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Here’s Billy!!!

  • Josh Bresser

    No doubt about that one

  • Josh Bresser

    Nor about that one.

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      Especially that one…

  • Josh Bresser

    Broxton’s new gameday photo is a little scary

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      Worrisome might be more apropos…

  • Josh Bresser

    Ugly game defensively…5 errors between the 2 teams so far.

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      Most ST games are.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Um…Olivo loves to swing the bat…at any pitch!

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Belt high fast ball go long way…

  • Josh Bresser

    This guy’s ERA of 6 last year in the minors doesn’t make it seem like he’ll escape this one.

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      True, but the Cal League is known for yielding its share of runs.

  • Josh Bresser

    Well, that escalated quickly.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Same for that one…

    • Josh Bresser

      I see why this guy had an ERA of 6 in the minors last season

  • Josh Bresser

    % Chance of Daniel Wolford making the Reds 25 man roster for 2013?

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    A tie? What is this? The All-Star Game in Milwaukee? Oh, spring training. OK.

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