The Cincinnati Reds lost to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday afternoon in Surprise, 3-2. You can see the entire box score for the game by clicking here.

As things usually go early in the spring, the pitchers are ahead of the hitters. Or so it would seem. Sal Romano made his second start and performed well. He was charged with one earned run (more on this below) in 2.2 innings with a walk and four strikeouts. Austin Brice, Kyle Crockett, Kevin Quackenbush all threw shutout innings of relief.

Things didn’t go as well for Oliver Perez. In the left handers first outing of the spring for the Reds, he struggled with his control as he walked two batters and hit another. All of that came while allowing just one run in an inning of work. Cody Reed had a good first inning. His second inning, however, didn’t go as well. In the bottom of the 9th the lefty gave up a double and a walk-off single, allowing a run over 1.1 innings.

Offensively the team managed just six hits on the day. Shed Long started at second and hit leadoff, going 1-3 with a run scored. Scott Schebler started in center field, going 1-2 with a run scored. He did, however, cost Sal Romano his lone “earned” run as he called Phillip Ervin off of a fly ball, and then came up short when it seemed Ervin would have easily had it according to Jeff Brantley’s radio call. Ervin, who started in right field, went 2-2 with an RBI. Adam Duvall went 1-2 as the designated hitter. Only one backup got a hit in the game. Sebastian Elizalde took over at first base and went 1-2.


15 Responses

    • DocProc

      There was one grounder he didn’t charge well, and his throw pulled the 1B off the bag. But he did start a (routine) double play.

  1. DocProc

    Schebler also made a very weak throw from CF that allowed a runner to tag at first and take second. Not a great outing for a guy who is trying to take innings from Billy at that position.

    • MK

      Really don’t think he is trying to take anybody’s innings. Good or bad he is playing where he is told. I think Reds would like to take his right field innings and are looking for away to get Winker in the outfield so if Scott can play center Jesse can play right and then both bats are in the line-up.

      • MuddyCleats

        MK, do u believe one of starting OFs well b traded? If so, who goes

  2. kevin z

    Much rather see Rosell Herrera play CF than Scotty . Need some speed and D for our young pitchers. If Keeping Hamilton want Herrera in RF has arm plus speed. Start Winker in LF to go with the Youth Movement.

    I know lose The power but gain speed and D in Right where more Important than LF where Duval plays. I would Platoon Blandino and Scooter at 2nd base.
    I would Dfa Dilson Herrera take it as a lost for Bruce.
    Send Down Ervin until needed when Hamilton or Revere get Hurt

    • sixpacktwo

      I think Revere makes the team and is hamiltons backup. Duval, righty and Winkler/Schebler, lefty split LF/Rf action. Everyone stays fresh and available off the bench when not starting.

      • MuddyCleats

        That sounds most reasonable 2 me. Reds have a hard enough time scoring runs w/out going w/ guys who haven’t been successful at ML level. But, let the comp begin – best 5 guys win

      • MuddyCleats

        Can he throw? Terrible trade giving Bruce away 4 nothing!

      • Colorado Red

        I think is was a much of a Salary dump as anything else.
        I would still like to see what he can do.

  3. MikeD

    I am curious as to why Duval does not play right field? If he is among the best defensive outfielders, it would seem that he is the better option for the Reds in right. I understand the possibility that he might not have the range, but I have not heard that, that is the reason he stays in left.

    • RedsinWashSt

      I agree Mike I would play Duval in right and winker in left. Not sure why price would not do this. Being afraid to move people around for the best defense is old school and is part of the reason price needs to go.

    • Bill

      Duval has stated that he feels more comfortable in LF because he was used to reading the spin on the ball from his time playing 3B. I think concentrating on LF accelerated his transition to the outfield. That said, with 2 years of playing outfielder in the majors, I too wonder why the Reds don’t try to get him comfortable in RF to better leverage his arm that seems superior to either Winker or Schebler.

      • AirborneJayJay

        Duval is a gold glove caliber defender in LF. He may, at best, be an average right fielder. Nothing wrong with leaving him in LF.
        Like you said, he feels much more comfortable there. He is also more comfortable with the other 14 left fields in the NL too.