Spring Training Game Review: 3/10/14 Doug Gray March 10, 2014 4 Comments The Reds lost to the Rangers 8-2 on Monday afternoon. Here is how the minor leaguers performed: Billy Hamilton went 1-3. Corky Miller went 0-1. Rey Navarro went 1-1 with a triple. Travis Mattair went 0-1. Jason Bourgeois went 0-2. Chris Nelson went 1-2 with a run. Kristopher Negron went 0-2. Henry Rodriguez went 1-2. Neftali Soto went 0-1. Jeff Francis was charged with 2 unearned runs in 2 innings with a walk and a strikeout. Curtis Partch allowed 1 earned and was charged with 3 unearned runs in 0.2 innings. Carlos Contreras recorded an out against the only batter he faced. Jose Diaz threw a shutout inning with a walk and a strikeout. Billy Hamilton struck out twice on the day, his first two of the spring. Yu Darvish probably threw him some pitches he had never seen before. Jose Diaz was once again dialing up the radar gun today as his 4-seamer averaged 96.7 MPH and he averaged 90 MPH with his 2-seamer. 4 Responses MK March 11, 2014 I just don’t see what Jeff Francis brings to the table. I know the excuse is they want veteran depth, but does anyone think he can do a better job at the big league level in a pinch than Holmberg or Rogers. I get Wang trying to come back from injury. But, the last few years a healthy Francis has shown little ability to be successful and that continues this spring. Watched him pitch the outing before yesterday and it was like having a root canal. Doug Gray March 11, 2014 Lefty. Groundball guy. Teams love those things and seem to be willing to overlook actually being able to get guys out in favor of them at times. MK March 11, 2014 A big league ERA of 5.20 since 2008. He has also given up 78 HRs in a little over 600 innings, so a few fly balls as well. Not just Colorado he was equally bad in KC with 19 HRs in 180+ innings. A 23-44 record to go with it. When I coached if I had a freshman whose play was equal to a senior then I was going to play the freshman because he was going to get better and the senior wasn’t. Francis isn’t getting any better. Foxred March 11, 2014 Best I have ever felt about a team with only 4 ST wins. Scary.