The first time this year we get a real game to talk about since last September. Here is how the Reds minor leaguers performed in the first game of the spring:

  • Billy Hamilton went 0-2 with a walk and a steal.
  • Chris Nelson went 0-1 with a sac fly.
  • Neftali Soto went 1-2.
  • Kristopher Negron went 0-2.
  • Tucker Barnhart went 0-2 with a walk and an RBI.
  • Donald Lutz went 1-2 with a triple and 2 RBI.
  • Chad Rogers threw 2 hitless innings with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Tim Crabbe allowed 2 runs in an inning with 2 walks.
  • Curtis Partch was charged with an unearned run in an inning of work.
  • Lee Hyde threw a hitless inning with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Pedro Beato threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.
  • Trevor Bell threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.

Game Notes

Billy Hamilton walked on 10 pitches in his first plate appearance and proceeded to steal second and advance to third on the throw that got away from the catcher and went into center. Neftali Soto and Donald Lutz both smoked a ball with Soto almost hitting the pitcher on a comebacker single and Lutz lacing a triple into the gap. Chad Rogers looked good in his two innings of work. Curtis Partch showed a consistent breaking ball, something that evaded him at times last year. Hyde, Beato and Bell all looked good in their inning of work to finish out the game.

8 Responses

  1. Joshua Calloway

    I was listening to while in class. As far as the meaning of spring training I was impressed by BHAM on his first ST as a starting CF. The walk was fun to hear of course, moved a runner over who scored in his second, and was working on his bunt game in his 3rd. Great to hear Heisey coming out swinging (pun intended), and Lutz lining a triple while the breaking ball being on his mind.

  2. MK

    Rogers looked vey sharp. I thought he repeated his delivery well for this early in camp. He accomplished his hitless innings while the big leaguers were still in there.

    Beato reminded me of a young Simon, which isn’t a bad thing, with a short sling shot kind of delivery. He has a real nice farm too.

    Lutz hit the triple hard. To bad he didn’t get that one up in the air.

  3. jim t

    Absolutely enjoyed seeing Hamilton start the game with a 10 pitch walk. He is a must see player. What I mean by that is you don’t want to be in the concession line when he is up to bat or on the bases. He may also provide some real defensive gems as well. Very exciting player. Definitely worth the price of admission.

  4. Scott R

    I loved the BHam at bat. I’m just so excited to see him play this year. He is worth the price of admission. What I didn’t love was the strike-em out – throw-em out DP. BP shouldn’t have been running. It probably cost the Reds a run. BHam on 3rd with no outs and they don’t score… SMH.

    • Doug Gray

      Bryan Price wants the team to run more this year and not just with Billy Hamilton. He is going to use spring training to evaluate the guys base stealing abilities. I don’t have an issue with any of that going on in February or March. As long as he has it figured out by April as to who should try and take bases and who shouldn’t (Phillips should be on this list if the last few years suggest anything).

      • Alan Horn

        I agree. I like a running game. Always have. You have to have the right personnel and we definitely do in Hamilton. It is disruptive for the opposition. Very similar to the full court press in basketball and the blitz in football. It takes the opposition out of their game. Pressure causes mistakes and Hamilton on first helps with which pitches the following batters get. Most catchers in the majors don’t throw out stealing base runners that well. It makes the pitchers pitch out of a stretch and those with a long slow motion(usually the taller pitchers) are at a disadvantage.

  5. Norwood Nate

    So, yesterday Nelson came in at 3rd base, and today he’s getting the start. Soto came in at 1st and today he’s getting the start. Have yet to see Hannahan. Is he ailing and we haven’t heard about it? Is Price just trying to see what he has in some younger guys? It’s only day two, and maybe Hannahan will come in for Nelson later in the game. Just an interesting observation.