Cincinnati Reds Spring Training Game Review: 3/11/18 Doug Gray March 11, 2018 5 Comments The Cincinnati Reds took on the Seattle Mariners for the second straight day. On Sunday they flipped ballparks as the Reds hit the road. The Reds rallied in the 9th inning to take the win. You can see the entire box score for the game here. The story of the day, at least as far as the game goes, was that Brandon Finnegan left with an injury in the 1st inning. You can read more about that here. There may be some good news on that front, though (click that link). Kyle Crockett took over for Finnegan in the 1st. He allowed a run over 1.2 innings with two walks and a strikeout. Jared Hughes followed and was charged with two unearned runs in an inning of work with a walk and a strikeout. Kevin Shackelford tossed a shutout 4th inning with two strikeouts. Michael Lorenzen took over in the 5th inning. Likely needing a good outing to remain in the competition for the rotation, he put one together. Lorenzen allowed a run over 3.0 innings with no walks and he struck out three batters. Dylan Floro pitched a perfect 8th inning. Things got dicey for him in the bottom of the 9th, though. He allowed a 1-out single and a 2-out double. The final batter of the game singles off of the glove of Floro, but Brandon Dixon tracked the ball down and while a run did score, a second runner was thrown out at the plate to end the game. Billy Hamilton started the game and notched his first hit of the spring, going 1-3 with a run scored. Eugenio Suarez went 1-3 and kept his average at .333 on the spring. Joey Votto went 1-3 with a run scored. Scooter Gennett, batting cleanup, went 2-3 with an RBI. Adam Duvall went 1-3 with an RBI. Jose Peraza went 2-3. Tucker Barnhart continued his torrid start, going 2-3. Ben Revere, starting in right field, went 1-3. Among the replacements there were a few guys with nice days. Phillip Ervin doubled, going 1-2 on the day after taking over in center. Alex Blandino took over at third and went 1-2 with an RBI. It was Tony Cruz, though, who had the fireworks. Taknig over at first base, he crushed a 3-run homer in the 9th to put the Reds up 6-4. Brandon Dixon went 1-2. Sebastian Elizalde went 1-2. 5 Responses William Kubas March 11, 2018 Former Stanford Cardinal, Alex Blandino comes in as a defensive substitution in the bottom of the 6th inning. Blandino strikes a single in 2 at bats, raising his batting average to .316 and his on base percentage to .381. Blandino scores his team leading 6th run of the 2018 spring training. GO STANFORD CARDINAL BASEBALL sultanofswaff March 12, 2018 He looked smooth starting the double play at third as well. Loved the way he sat on the offspeed offering and drove it up the middle for his hit. I really like the idea of this kid as the utility IF. The Duke March 12, 2018 I wouldn’t pigeon hole Blandino into a utility role just yet. I’d start him off in AAA playing 2B every day with Shed Long at 2B in AA. I think he’s comfortable enough at SS and 3B to be able to transition into that utility role easy enough if need be, but he still has a shot as our future every day 2B imo. Shed Long may be the odds on favorite, but if Blandino continues the hitting improvements he showed last year, that’s a very complete overall game. sultanofswaff March 12, 2018 Fair point. That said, I’m a believer that Scooter’s emergence as a hitter has staying power. Because he’s into his arb years already I wonder if he goes out and hits like it’s 2017 will he play his way into an extension or a trade? sultanofswaff March 12, 2018 It’s becoming readily apparent that the plate approaches of Hamilton and Peraza are not appreciably different than last year. I think the front office is seeing the light with Hamilton, but I question why the SS position was not a competition from day 1. I mean, Ervin/Stephenson/Romano/Lorenzen/Mahle all have legitimate claims to a starting spot, yet they’ve had to play for results instead of preparation this spring. Peraza on the other hand, was gifted 500 ABs last year, didn’t do the job, and is now being handed a starting job. Hopefully Senzel renders the point moot once service time shenanigans are resolved.