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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Reds Tie Rangers In Bizzare Game Arroyo's Face Is Fine After He Was Hit By A Throw

The Reds got a run in the ninth inning to tie the Texas Rangers’ split squad, 3-3..

Bronson Arroyo gave up a two-run home run to Joey Gallo before he had to leave the game when Devin Mesoraoco hit him in the jaw, neck area with an attempt to throw out Drew Robinson stealing.

Arroyo left the game with concern from the medical staff but he is fine and expects to make his next start to stretch out for a job in the Reds’ starting rotation.

“It was a stinger like a good left hook but you can’t leave a game during the regular season like that. You just can’t,” Arroyo said.

His plea to at least finish the second inning was ignored by Reds’ trainer Steve Bauman.

Arroyo took a bus to the Reds’ complex, a mile down the road and threw long toss.

Arroyo got 39 pitches in 1 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk.  He struck out two.

The Reds scored unearned run off Texas starter Yu Darvish in the second  

Ryan Raburn walked and went to second when Zack Cozart was hit by a pitch.  He scored when Hernan Iribarren reached on a throwing error by secondbaseman, Andy Ibanez.

Texas got an unearned run against Sal Romano who had another fine start in his quest to start the season in the Reds’ rotation.

Ibanez singled.  He stole second and catcher Stuart Turner who relieved Mesoraco, threw the ball into centerfield.  Ibanez reached third and scored on a single by Carlos Gomez.

Romano finished with 4 2/3 innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits.  He struck out three in his impressive outing.

“Romano was outstanding. He did a super job,” Bryan Price said. “He attacked the zone with three pitches. He worked ahead. He was quick to the plate. He made a nice fielding play, the whole thing. It was just another in a string of good, crisp, professional looking, Major League looking outings.”

Mesoraco got his first hit with a long double in the third inning.

“He got his two at bats. He’s really just working back to getting behind the plate again,” Price said. “He hasn’t  had a lot of time back there in two years. It’s about the rigors of his position. I’m not worried about how many at bats he gets.  Even though I know he needs his share but its the time to get back ther acclimated, to get all the movements and coordination back. That’s probably the thing that will come last here.”

The Reds tied the game in the ninth on a pair of throwing errors.

Shortstop Jason Martinson threw a ground ball away that was hit by Arismendy Alcantara.  Pitcher Wesley Wright threw wild on Philip Ervin’s ground ball to the thirdbase side of the mound.  Alcantara scored on the mishap.  Wright pitcked Ervin off to end the ninth and the game. 

They do not play extra innings in spring training unless a pitcher needs and inning or someone needs an extra at bat.

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