Re: Cactus League 2/28/13 Split Squad Rox/Snakes
March 3rd: Reds hosting KC Royalty.
Homer Bailey flinging bullseye arrows at the Royals for two innings. He gave up a hit, walked nobody and struck out five.
Cingrani came on in the third. He struck out two and walked noone. But Alex Gordon took him deep.
Joey Votto with a two-out, bases-empty double. Devin Mesoraco doubled to start the third.
Logan Ondrusek comes in and works an extremely shaky fourth. A double, a single and two walks. He did strike out two. Jay Bruce makes a long-run, sliding catch in deep right to save three runs.
Jose Arredondo also working out the kinks. An infield single, a rocket to left caught by a diving Xavier Paul, a stolen base, a ground ball out, a rocket to the right field corner for a double, and a fly ball to right all add up to another Royalty run.
Marty in midseason hyperbolic form. Noting KC's 8-0 record he asserts, as only Marty can, that Ned Yost is the early-season Manager of the Year in the American League.
A brand new lineup for the Reds in the top of the sixth.
Lotzkar walks the first batter he faces and then the second batter singles. A force at second and a second walk has the bases juiced. A rocket liner right back at Lotzkar for out number two. A line drives in the fourth Royal run. JJ Hoover comes and promptly gives up a two-run single. 6 zip and I have heard enough. And before I can type the trivia note a bloop single makes it 7-0.
We have a Willy Taveras sighting. He skies softly to left to end the 6th-inning carnage.
Trivia: Xavier Nady is actually Xavier Nady VI. His son is Xavier Nady VII.
Reds avoid the schneid on 8th-inning doubles by Negron and LaMarre. Fall 8-1.
All this talk about who will be the backup middle infielder among Izturis, Burriss, Donald and Rodriguez got me to thinking; hey, what about Negron? Word has it that he is an excellent fielder in both the infield and outfield. That sort of versatility is nice. He might not hit much. But then again neither did Valdez or Janish or Cairo (v2012).
Zero chance the Reds miss the playoffs!
Last edited by texasdave; 03-03-2013 at 06:04 PM.