Cincinnati Reds spring training game 7 thoughts Doug Gray March 7, 2016 10 Comments The Reds brought the lumber on Monday afternoon with an 8-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels, but let’s start off by talking about the starting pitching. Cody Reed tossed 3.0 shutout innings, allowing just two hits in the game. He didn’t walk a batter and the left hander had a strikeout. Reed also recorded six ground ball outs and broke three different bats in the game. Ground balls and breaking bats is a good way to be successful as a pitcher. Jose Peraza must read the site. In the preview I noted that it would be nice to see him get on base and do some damage. Done. The shortstop went 2-4, including a double that he earned with his legs. He also stole two bases. C. Trent Rosecrans also notes that he made a nice play in the field. Scott Schebler had a nice day at the plate. Like Peraza, he also had a 2-4 effort with a double. Unlike Peraza, he only stole one base. It was his second of the spring. Layne Somsen threw 2.0 shutout innings out of the bullpen, allowing two hits and a walk to go along with two strikeouts. He’s now tossed 3.0 shutout innings this spring. Ray Chang got his first at-bat of the spring and smacked a double while taking over at first base later in the game for Joey Votto. Here’s how the “B Game” on the backfields went earlier in the afternoon: BOXSCORE OF TODAY’S #REDS VS. INDIANS “B” GAME https://t.co/PGzGpLigQN pic.twitter.com/yV1snV2EFu — Jamie Ramsey (@Jamieblog) March 7, 2016 Robert Stephenson got the start and was strong, allowing just one hit in 2.0 innings with two strikeouts. Sal Romano followed him with 2.0 innings of his own, allowing the lone run of the game on one hit. Alex Blandino did all of the offensive damage for the Reds in the game. He had the only hit for the game (that last just 4.5 innings) and also drew a walk. Here’s how the minor leaguers performed in the regular game against the Angels: Jose Peraza went 2-4 with a double, run and 2 steals. Chad Wallach went 0-1. Ray Chang went 1-1 with a double. Seth Mejias-Brean went 0-1. Brandon Dixon went 0-1. Yorman Rodriguez went 0-1. Scott Schebler went 2-4 with a double, steal, run and BI. Tyler Holt went 1-3. Juan Duran went 0-1. Calten Daal went 0-1. Cody Reed threw 3.0 shutout innings with a strikeout. Tim Adleman allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk in an inning. Layne Somsen threw 2 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. JC Ramirez allowed 2 runs with a walk and a strikeout in an inning of work. Dayan Diaz threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditPocket 10 Responses Alan Horn March 7, 2016 Duvall and Bruce had 2 hits as well. Good to see some hitting even if it is early and against lessor pitching. Good to see both Reed and Stephenson pitching well early on. HavaKlu March 8, 2016 I think Doug sub-consciously does not like Duvall, hoping that his guy Rodriguez wins the LF job! How else to explain omitting someone who hits a 3B and a HR in the game!! HavaKlu March 8, 2016 My Bad—–I guess you are only highlighting minor leaguers so sorry for the comment Doug! Although Rodriguez does have a little major league experience. cinvenfan March 8, 2016 I totally agree with Doug on having patience with Yorman. He´s not only very young but latin players take a bit longer to develop as they have to adapt to many different things (see Bautista, Jose). The worst scenario is to have another Edwin Encarnacion in their hands just to see him flourish in another organization. Doug Gray March 8, 2016 Adam Duvall isn’t a minor leaguer at this point – he’s got zero prospect eligibility remaining. It’s the same reason I didn’t bring up Jordan Pacheco’s good day. Maybe both guys wind up in the minor leagues at some point, but for now, I’ve got them as non-minor leaguers. MK March 8, 2016 Do we read ahything into Reed pitching regular game and stephenson the B Game? sultanofswaff March 8, 2016 Not for me. I think they really wanted to see Reed start an A game and have the proper warmup that goes with that. Doug Gray March 8, 2016 Not any more than we should read into Stephenson starting the first game with Reed coming out of the bullpen to follow him. sultanofswaff March 8, 2016 Boy, if you squint hard enough you can kinda see the makings of a team that could be decent by June if Stephenson/Reed/Winker graduate and Peraza can stick at SS. Our catching tandem and an average or maybe better Suarez really help to bring the picture better into focus. The medium term red flags for me will be CF and the bullpen. AlphaZero March 8, 2016 The bullpen is definitely the biggest issue right now, but it’s also one that doesn’t really need to be addressed externally. Once the starting rotation is sorted out, the remaining pieces can be moved to the bullpen or dealt. I am worried about Hamilton, but otherwise, I actually think the Reds have the pieces to cobble together an average lineup, especially if Peraza can handle SS long term. The guys that the Reds have now just seem to fit together a little better than they have For the past couple of years. I think with a couple more shrewd moves and a little bit of developmental luck, the Reds could definitely be competitive in 2017.