The Cincinnati Reds are going to win every game this season if they play like they did in game one of spring training. Mostly because in baseball when you score more than the other team and record 27 outs, you win and that’s what happened this afternoon in Arizona against the Cleveland Indians.
Let’s take a quick look at how the minor league prospects performed in the 6-5 win:
- Jake Cave went 2-3 with a run.
- Tyler Holt went 0-1 with a walk.
- Jose Peraza went 0-1.
- Jesse Winker went 1-2 with a double.
- Scott Schebler went 1-1 with a walk and a solo home run.
- Yorman Rodriguez went 0-1 with a walk.
- Kyle Waldrop went 0-2.
- Calten Daal went 0-2.
- Chad Wallach went 0-2.
- Jon Moscot allowed a run in 2.0 innings with a strikeout.
- Chris O’Grady threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts.
- Zack Weiss allowed 2 runs in an inning with a strikeout.
- Drew Hayes struck out 3 batters in a shutout inning.
A few things jumped out to me from the game. The first is that it’s spring training for everyone. It was a rough time for Billy Hatcher at third base as he got Jake Cave thrown out by 15 feet early on in the game.
Scott Schebler has some real pop in his bat. The ball flies in Arizona, no doubt, but he took a good pitch to the opposite field gap and over the wall. He made a nice catch late in the game near the wall. He thought he was closer to the wall than he was and lept with a few feet to spare before the fence and when he landed he fell awkwardly and smacked his lower back on the base of the wall. He came off of the field just fine, but I’d be willing to bet he’s feeling that one over the next few days.
Jesse Winker got into a double to the opposite field gap as well. The pitch may not even have been a strike, but if it was it was on the outside corner at the knees and he drove it to the warning track in left-center.
Yorman Rodriguez showed the things that make him such an interesting case. In his first trip to the plate he looked bad, chasing a slider a foot outside for strike three. In his next at-bat he battled, kept his plan and laid off of another slider that was closer to the plate this time and eventually worked a walk. He both showed the plate discipline you could see at times in the past, and also showed the overly aggressive side he’s shown in the past as well.
Jon Moscot looked good in his two innings of work outside of the pitch that Carlos Santana hit about 390 feet. He left a pitch up in the zone and the Indians first baseman didn’t miss it. His slider looked real nice early on in the spring.
Drew Hayes closed the game out by striking out the side, working around a broken bat single. When he’s able to throw strikes, the guy can get hitters out. His stuff is quite good and you could see it today.
What stood out to you in the game?