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I am a freelance writer. I've covered the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and others since 1992. I have a background in sales as well. I've sold consumer electronics, advertising and consumer package goods for companies ranging from the now defunct Circuit City to Procter&Gamble. I have worked as a stats operator for Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, the College of Mount St. Joe and Colerain High School.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Reds Drop Exhibition to Diamondbacks 8-7

Scott Rolen hit an opposite field home run off Joe Patterson and Mike Leake was effective in four innings but a poor fifth inning of Cincinnati defense cost the Reds seven runs.

Rolen's three-run home run off Joe Patterson put the Reds in front 4-1.  There was a stiff breeze but it didn't matter.

"He hit that ball hard," Dusty Baker said.  "He's hitting the ball very well."

"Leake was better.  His command was better.  He's working on that change up.  He threw the ball well," Baker said.

"Everybody threw the ball well.  Zavada was a little amped throwing against his former team," Baker said.

The defense let Zavada down too.  Denis Phipps could not find a fly ball that fell behind him for a double.  Todd Frazier couldn't come up with a catch in left and Miguel Cairo misplayed a ground ball in the Diamondbacks seven run foutth inning.  Zavada allowed five of the seven and Sam LeCure let in the last two.

Brandon Phillips doubled and scored on Ryan Ludwick's single off Arizona prospect Tyler Skaggs.  Todd Frazier hit his fourth home run of the spring off Evan Marshall in the ninth.  

Trailing by three runs Daryl Jones and Willie Harris singled off Marshall.  Cairo hit into a 5-4-3 double play in front of Frazier's home run.

Bobby Borchering, Arizona's first pick in the 2010 draft got an at bat and lined out.  He is the cousin of former Colerain quarterback, Doug Reynolds.

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