The Reds pitching in the aftermath of the news about Anthony DeSclafani’s sprained right UCL offered hope with a 3-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday afternoon.
Amir Garrett was the first pitcher to complete four innings and was so efficient that he went to the bullpen to throw 15 more.
“My command was really good today,” Garrett said. “In my bullpens I’ve been working everything down. I was able to pound the zone and not miss by much where I wanted to go. My breaking ball and change was working really well to keep the hitters off balance.”
Garrett and his house mates, Sal Romano, Robert Stephenson, and Cody Reed sense an opportunity to win big league jobs this spring.
Garrett’s performance came after allowing five unearned runs caused by his own error but he rebounded nicely.
“He had a nice approach, attacked and had a three pitch mix,” Bryan Price said. “It was a springboard outing especially after his last game where he got hurt by the big inning after making a physical error. To bounce back against a team that knocked the absolute dog stuffing out of us the last time. They knocked the crud out of us last time and he came in against a team that was swinging the bat well and had four beautiful innings.”
The A’s beat the dog stuffing crud out of the Reds last Thursday, 12-5.
Jimmy Herget, Nick Rout, Kevin Schackelford, and Jackson Stephens pitched a scoreless inning each. Keury Mella gave up a ninth inning home run to Chris Parmelee.
“It was a well pitched game all around,’ Price said. “To have the news we had about Anthony DeSclafani and in the aftermath have the young pitchers step up is a good thing,” Price said. “Somebody has to win those jobs.”
The Reds got just enough offense to win.
The Reds got singles from Jesse Winker, Ryan Raburn and Rob Brantly off A’s starter Kendall Graveman to take a lead.
Brandon Dixon hit a two-run home run in the fourth.
Winker is 9-15 in his last eight games. Dixon’s home run was his second of the spring.