Josh Satin Leads Cincinnati Reds to Walk-Off 4-3 Victory

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Josh Satin had only three hits all spring training, but he was the hero today in the Cincinnati Reds’ 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics.

With the Reds trailing 3-0 in the eighth inning, Satin came through with his first of two big hits of the day, a three-run home run off of Brock Huntzinger to tie the game.

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With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Satin stepped to the plate again and delivered with an RBI single to give the Reds the walk-off win.

Both starting pitchers threw the ball well, but it was Oakland’s Kendall Graveman who got the upper hand on Mike Leake, as the Reds only managed a hit and a walk off of him through five-and-one-third innings.

Leake was cruising along until the fourth inning, when he gave up three hits, including an RBI double to Mark Canha, though the damage was limited when Ike Davis was thrown out at home on the play. The run was the first that Leake has surrendered this spring. In total, the right-hander pitched five innings, giving up one run on four hits and striking out two.

The A’s tagged on two more runs in the seventh off of Pedro Villarreal, who is having a rough spring (10.50 ERA, 2.00 WHIP). The righty struck out the first two batters of the inning, but then proceeded to give up two walks and two singles, pushing the A’s lead to 3-0.

Before the Reds’ three-run eighth inning, they had only managed two hits off of Athletics’ pitching, as Joey Votto and Zack Cozart singled in the fourth and seventh innings, respectively.

Other Notes:

  • Tony Cingrani also pitched today, tossing a perfect eighth and ninth innings with three strikeouts. While he may not have been pleased with his move to the bullpen, Cingrani has pitched well since it was announced, throwing four perfect innings with six strikeouts.
  • Homer Bailey got his first game action of the spring as he pitched in a minor league game today, throwing two scoreless innings on 29 pitches. He gave up a hit and a walk with two strikeouts.
  • After a 2-for-4 day, Kristopher Negron is now 13-for-his-last-24. If there was any doubt he’d make the 25-man roster, he’s erased it with his play this spring.

Up Next: The Redlegs will travel to Surprise, Arizona to take on the Texas Rangers on Monday. Their last scheduled matchup was rained out. Jason Marquis will get the start for the Reds while Alex Gonzalez (how many Alex Gonzalezes are there?) will start for the Rangers. The game starts at 9:05 p.m. ET and will air on MLB Network.

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