Monday, February 28, 2011

Reds Win Spring Training Opener

   The Reds won today 7 to 6 against the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear, Arizona. Matt Maloney started the game for the Reds and went two innings without allowing a hit while wiffing two Indians. Josh Tomlin started for the Indians going two innings of no run ball. Dave Sappelt and Chris Valaika hit home runs for the Reds while Ezequiel Carrera went deep for the Indians.

   Dusty Baker said after the game that he was really impressed with Matt Maloney and said he was very sharp pitching today making a case for his bid at a bullpen spot. He also made the comment that Jose Arredondo threw the ball very well after being out all of last season with Tommy John surgery.

   The Reds got on the board in the 5th inning when Jay Bruce reached on a Travis Buck error that put him on second base, then Jay stole 3rd on the next pitch. Jonny Gomes drove him in with a ground ball to third base allowing Bruce to go home. In the 8th inning the Reds plated four runs and then put two more up in the 9th.

   Sam LeCure pitched the two innings after Malone striking out four and allowing two hits. Carlos Fisher allowed one run in the 6th inning and then Donnie Joseph allowed 5 only getting one out in the 7th. Daryl Thompson came in and finished that inning and the next without allowing any runs.

   The Reds go up against Cleveland again tomorrow, lets hope for the same outcome!


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