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.