Robert Stephenson looked solid in the first inning. His fastball control was spotty, walking a batter in the inning. When he missed his spots, he was only missing by a few inches, but he was working the outside corner and that led to some balls. He had a strikeout in the first inning and showed off all three pitches, snapping off a good power curveball for strike two and a splitter for strike three. The downside of the inning was that he needed 24 pitches to get through the inning.
In the second inning things went a lot better. He got a quick out against the first batter he faced on a lazy fly to center. That was followed by a quick strikeout on a nice curveball. The next batter pulled a triple down the right field line. Stephenson got a hard grounder to third, where Eugenio Suarez made a nice play to end the inning. After a long 1st inning, he only needed fewer than 10 pitches to get through the 2nd inning.
Cody Reed made quick work in his 1st inning, needing a handful of pitches to get two easy groundouts (one back to him and one to third base). He finished up the inning with a strikeout on a nice sweeping breaking ball. After a quick ground out to second base to start his second inning of work he had some struggles locating to the second batter, reaching a full count before giving up a single to left. He fell behind 2-0 to the next batter before giving up a double to the right-center gap that brought in a run on another fastball that he left up in the zone. A hard hit single was stopped by Jose Peraza behind the bag at second, but it went down as an infield hit and brought in a second run. His control wasn’t quite there in this inning.
Jesse Winker has lined out twice in two trips to the plate. Talk during the game was about Bryan Price not ruling Winker out as the opening day left fielder…. but let’s be real, that’s not happening. The Reds aren’t going to start his clock on April 4th and waste a season in his late 20’s for two weeks in the 2016 season. With that said, the guy has a plate approach that the Reds lineup could use in the worst kind of way.
Jake Cave is having a nice start to the spring. He had two hits yesterday and in his first trip to the plate today he smacked a long double to center field.
Phillip Ervin showed off some good speed in the bottom of the 9th inning as he beat out an infield single to extend the inning, ultimately one in which the Reds would tie the game up.
Ultimately the game was completed in a tie. And that’s weird.
Let’s take a look at how the minor leaguers performed in the game today:
- Jake Cave went 1-3 with a double.
- Jose Peraza went 0-2.
- Alex Blandino went 0-3.
- Brandon Allen went 1-2 with an RBI.
- Gavin LaValley went 1-2 with a double and a run.
- Yorman Rodriguez went 0-2.
- Juan Duran went 0-2.
- Scott Schebler went 0-2.
- Tyler Holt went 1-2 with a run.
- Jesse Winker went 0-2.
- Phillip Ervin went 2-2 with a run and an RBI.
- Calten Daal went 0-2.
- Blake Trahan went 2-2 with a double.
- Ramon Cabrera went 0-1.
- Joe Hudson went 0-3.
- Robert Stephenson threw 2.0 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts.
- Cody Reed allowed 1 earned (2 total) in 2 innings with 2 strikeouts.