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Monday, February 27, 2017

Reds Get Better Pitching But Literally Drop Fourth Straight.

Arismendy Alcantara made two errors in the second inning to sabotage Scott Feldman's first Reds' outing in a 6-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Alcantara and Zach Vincej have alternated at shortstop until Zack Cozart passes his running tests and starts against the White Sox on Tuesday. 

Blake Wood was charged with an unearned run caused by an error by firstbaseman Chad Wallach.  Brendon Dixon was charged with an error when he failed to catch and infield pop up before Reymond Fuentes hit a three-run home run off Tyler Mahle.

Arismendy Alcantara made two errors in the second inning to sabotage Scott Feldman's first Reds' outing in a 6-1 loss.

Feldman is one of three pitchers already named to the Reds’ starting rotation by Bryan Price, along with Anthony DeSclafani and Brandon Finnegan.  The veteran right-hander signed with the Reds on January 26.  The 34-year old has nine years in the big leagues with a career 71-77 record with a 4.40 ERA.  Feldman started 183 of his 321 Major League games.  Last season he made five starts and 35 bullpen appearances for Houston and Toronto.

“Scott came with a lot of respect from people that had him in the past,” manager Bryan Price  said.  “His experience can really help the young staff and it won’t be a big deal to move him back to a starter.

Feldman issued two walks in 1 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks.  He allowed no hits and struck out one.  Feldman reached his pitch limit after walking Ketel Marte.  He left a scoreless game to Evan Mitchell. Arismendy Alcantara’s second error of the inning allowed two unearned runs to be charged to Feldman.

“I thought Feldman threw the ball good,” Bryan Price said.. “I was happy with that. It was the first spring outing. He was around the plate with all of his mix of pitches. He’s working on his change up. Scott does a good job of managing the plate with his fastball.”

Cody Reed is one of the three front runners along with Robert Stephenson and Tim Adleman to fill the last two spots in the Reds’ starting rotation.

Reed followed Feldman on Monday, making his first appearance against the Diamondbacks.

The 23-year old made 13 starts for Louisville with a 6-4 record and a 3.08 ERA but was 0-7 with a 7.36 ERA with the Reds in 10 starts.

Reed pitched two perfect innings against Arizona with no strikeouts.

“Cody was good,” Price said.. “For the first time in four games from start to finish I was pleased with the pitching.  We got a lot of balls put in play early on the ground. They attacked the strike zone.”

“Even Tyler Mahle, Tyler gives up a ground ball base hit. There is a pop up that we don’t catch, then a three-run homer. I looked at him, the body, the composure, the delivery, the stuff, he looks like a big leaguer.  I know he would have liked to have different results.”

Offensively, the Reds did very little.

Stuart Turner doubled in the ninth, the lone extra-base hit.

Phillip Ervin singled and scored on a single by Sebastian Elizalde.

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