The Cincinnati Reds fell to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night in Goodyear by a score of 5-2. You can see the entire box score for the game here.

The starting rotation battle is heating up and Sal Romano planted his flag as deep into the mound as he possibly could. The right hander threw 4.0 shutout innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out seven batters. Romano now has thrown 12.0 innings with just two walks and 15 strikeouts this spring.

Raisel Iglesias followed Romano and picked up where he left off. The Cuban tossed a hitless inning with a walk and two strikeouts. Things got rough over the next two innings, though. David Hernandez allowed three runs in 0.2 innings. Wandy Peralta followed and allowed two more in 1.1 innings. After that things went well. Kevin Quackenbush and Vance Worley both tossed a shutout inning.

Offensively things were tough for the Reds. Nick Senzel started at shortstop and led off the game. He went 1-3 with a double. But, it was what he did in the field that had the people talking.

That will work, Nick. That will work.

Devin Mesoraco produced both runs that the Cincinnati Reds scored, crushing a 2-run home run. He went 1-3 and the home run was his first of the spring. Jesse Winker went 1-2 with his 4th double of the spring. He’s up to .348 with a 1.059 OPS. Mason Williams went 1-2.

Sebastian Elizalde took over in right field and went 1-1. Alex Blandino took over at second base and went 1-1. That’s it, though. No other replacement player had a hit or a walk. In fact, only Joey Votto had a walk for the Reds on the day. He had two of them, because, well, he’s Joey Votto and that’s one of the things he gets paid to do.


26 Responses

  1. William Kubas

    Former Stanford Cardinal, Alex Blandino comes in as a defensive substitution at second base in the top of the seventh inning.
    Blandino’s single in his only at bat, raises his batting average to .294 and on base percentage to .368.


  2. James K

    Mesoraco has been hitting remarkably well, despite spending most of the last two years on the disabled list.

    • MuddyCleats

      here here, so nice to see this kid bounce back. He’s had a run of tough luck w/ the injuries; it would be great to see him have an injury free year and produce like he did in 2014?

  3. Matthew

    Hey Doug,

    With Romano, Garrett, and Mahle all pitching well and Stephenson not too far behind, do you think the Reds would ever use a six man rotation to give Finnegan and Desclafani some extra rest?

    What other options do the Reds have to limit Finnegan’s and Desclafani’s innings early on and make sure they have enough in the tank to get through the entire season?

    • MK

      Maybe they should piggyback for a year. They could alternate starter/reliever. This would be a modified 6-man rotation.

      • MuddyCleats

        Dittos, I ve been saying that 4 yrs. IF they R committed to rebuild, as they’ve said, and not willing to bring in veteran SP because they want the young guys to get the experience……….then why bring in veteran RP who block the young guys from getting ML innings? Homer, Disco and Castillo to a lesser degree R given, the other 2 spots R more open. Problem is, the guys R so inconsistent. So like Lorenzen & Stephenson have done the last couple of years…..let them piggyback starts as U say. Finnegan starts, let him go until he’s done, then bring in Stephenson, next week Stephenson starts and Finnegan is first guy up. The problem of course is the warm-up & most starters have a hard time coming out of the pen, but things being what they R…..? I am not sure guys like Lorenzen & Stephenson can learn much more in AAA?? At some pt, guys have to learn to pitch against ML hitters and keeping them in short appearances may help bridge that growth period?? It wouldn’t be ideal, but if you R committed to rebuilding and w/ your young guys/guns………then

      • MK

        Guess I would start Finnegan for the first 5 and Disco takes over in 6th. If Finnegan can’t get through 5 use a relief pitcher to get there. That would allow Disco the proper amount of time to warm up.

    • Colorado Red

      I would hope not.
      One of the guys is going to AAA

    • Doug Gray

      They aren’t going to – they’ve already said that much. Personally, I would have looked at it, especially in the first half, but, the Reds don’t let me make these kinds of decisions (or any, really).

  4. Hal

    Not for nothing but Senzel also hit a bomb to the 380 wall in RC to lead off game. Looked a lot like “easy” power.

  5. Norwood Nate

    Winker’s had a nice spring, he’s probably been our most consistent hitter at this point in the spring. Which isn’t a surprise, the guy knows how to hit and get on base. I hope he’s shown enough between ST, minors, and big league debut to show he’s earned a starting spot in the OF and lead off hitter.

    Senzel is making me a believer that he can play SS. That’s huge as we have a good amount of options at 2B.

    I’ve always loved how Romano limits walks and produces ground balls. He just keeps on working and improving. I’m a big fan, he’s put himself in good position to begin the year with the Reds.

    • MuddyCleats

      Starting to agree on all counts. Question is, should Reds trade one of OF for another Castillo type SP? If so, when… deadline would give them time to evaluate all 4, but they might be worth more now??

      • Wes

        There’s not an outfielder on our roster that’ll get a Castillo type return. DW been trying to trade an of all offseason and couldn’t get anyone to bite. Brewers have a more proven young option in their flooded outfield and they can’t get a decent return either. It’s a buyers market right now bc of marlins.

        @nate- winker is proven in all those aspects- only question is will price get out of his close minded bone headed ways and play all 4 guys in a decent rotation?

  6. Pat

    Not to mention Romano threw only 30 pitches! 26 strikes! Impressive stuff.

    • Doug Gray

      This isn’t correct. Gameday in spring training doesn’t count actual balls and strikes unless there is pitch tracking happening, which is only in 2 parks in Arizona.

      It just counts any walk, no matter how many pitches were actually thrown, as 4 balls and no strikes. Any strikeout, no matter how many pitches were thrown, is 3 strikes and no balls. It’s useless information – pay none to it.

  7. The Duke

    Romano has to be the guy to beat at this point.

    How bad does Homer have to be before he gets shifted to the bullpen? If we’re into June and he has a 6+ ERA, does Price have the cahones to make that move? I hope we get 2014 Bailey back, but I’m not confident it will happen.

    • jbonireland

      Don’t see a move of Bailey to the bullpen, if he has a 6 ERA I would imagine we would hear something about arm problems before that time and a trip to the disabled list. I kind of expect that we will see Homer with a 4+ ERA and in the rotation.

      As of right now, as far as the bench is concerned if we are keeping 5 outfielders and 8 relievers (which I think would be a mistake) the the bench based on spring work would be Mesaraco, Dixon (if-of), Gosselin and Blandino. I would imagine that Price will insist on veterans for his bench which means Revere will be there as well as Penningtin but Dixon and Blandino have earned their opportunity.

      • MK

        I think Revere and Pennington will make it, by last nights comments I think Rosel Herrera and Mason Williams are still in advantageous positions.

    • Doug Gray

      Yes, if Bailey IS indeed that bad by June, they will pull the plug. But I do think he probably gets through May to show something. And I believe that he should get at least that long.

      • Wes

        I agree but what would the plan be then ? Doubt they cut him and cut the check. So put him on dl and have him work through miners for a bit maybe ?

  8. SteveNV

    Doug – any insight on what they plan to do with Herrera? Is he headed to the DL? Assume they lose him if they put him on waivers. Seems difficult to keep him on the 25 man roster given where he is right now. Try to get whatever they can for him in a trade?

    • Doug Gray

      I don’t know what the plan is. At this point, I’m not sure they know. I’d hold onto him though. You aren’t going to get anything in trade for him, and if he’s hurt, you can DL him.

      • MuddyCleats

        Wonder if Mets would take him back & send Bruce back 2 Reds…..? Na, doubt there’s a team n ML that would make a silly trade like that……..?

  9. MikeinSoCal

    Good one Cleats. With all the talent we traded away you would think we would be riding high. Bruce has proven that a guy who can consistently hit 25-30 homers, get 80-100 rbis, is sought after. That’s why I don’t get the Schebler doubters. He will get his 30/80/.260 and play decent defense. Now I agree Winker is going to be an on base machine, so what to do. Hamilton’s defense is probably good for a run a game. I just cant see a rotation that is going to work especially when you add in Revere. Price is going to have his favorites and several guys are going to be gathering dust.

    • Doug Gray

      If Billy Hamilton saved a run a game on defense, he’d be far and away the greatest player that ever lived. He saves about a run a week, and that makes one of the most elite defenders in baseball.

    • MuddyCleats

      IDK, I think it’s a bit early 4 Schebler and Winker? Perhaps a Reds injury makes the platoon situation easier or an injury elsewhere makes a better trade option? Neither guy is far enough along in there ML career to Anoint as a cant miss option. My guess is something may get done @ trade deadline? That gives Reds time 2 evaluate SP also. Lastly, let’s keep in mind that C & CF r largely Def positions. Not like Barnhart is doing a lot of damage w/ the bat; don’t hear many complaining about his lack of Off production. Reds problem is they r short on speed – BH is it – but that’s not his fault!