- Gary Schatz
- 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.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Reds Swing Big Bat But Brandon And Blake Not Sharp
The Mariners used the stolen base and small ball, six stolen bases and sacrifice flys until they got a game winning single in the ninth to beat the Reds, 7-6.
Finegan with his spot in the starting rotation secured, gave up three runs on six hits. and two walks. He mixed in a throwing error on a pick off attempt. The Mariners leadoff hitter hit a double in each of Finnegan’s three innings. His former teammate at Kansas City hit two of them.
‘Overall the only thing I’m mad about is throwing the ball into centerfield,” Finnegan said. “I never do that. I made good pitches. I hit my spots. The only bad thing is all three innings started off with a double. Dyson hit a jam shot. He’s fast. As soon as it landed, I knew it was a double but I made good pitches and got out of it. I’m happy with the command so far. I have to keep working on it, getting better.”
Dyson led off the game with a double but Finnegan kept the Mariners from scoring.
The Reds jumped to a 3-0 lead in the second inning against Mariners’ starter Chase De Jong.
Dilson Herrera, who is still not ready to play in the field , opened the inning, drawing a walk. Jesse Winker, who is showing the promise that made him a high draft choice, hit a run scoring triple. Desmond Jennings brought Winker home with a fly out to leftfield. Aristedes Aquino blasted a home run to left.
The Mariners got one run back in the bottom of the second. Mike Zunino doubled to lead off. Zunino stopped at third on a single by Carlos Ruiz. Leonys Martin grounded to Zack Cozart, who turned it into a double play. Seattle tied it in the third. Dyson’s second double led off the inning. Finnegan’s bad pickoff throw sailed into centerfield. Taylor Motter singled to score Dyson. Mitch Haniger doubled to score Motter.
After Finnegan walked Zunino, Jim Riggleman, who managed this split-squad brought in minor leaguer Rob Wooten.
“I’m so over with spring training, it’s unbelievable,” Finnegan said. “Spring training is just to come out here and get your work in. I’m very lucky to say I have a spot on the team. That’s all I have to worry about. I came here last year and didn’t have a spot. I didn’t have a good spring training. It’s different when the season starts. Every thing switches and your ready to start. You’re going to get hit around. It happens in the season sometimes>’
Wooten got a double play ball out of Ruiz, got Martin to ground out the next inning, then left as Blake Wood took over
Wood wasn’t sharp. He gave up singles to the first two hitters and loaded the bases by walking Dyson. Motter hit a sacrifice fly. Haniger hit run scoring single Danny Valencia singled to get Haniger to third. Zunino’s sacrifice fly made it 6-3.
“Flanigan and Wood are alright, they’ve been throwing the ball good all spring,” Bench coach Jim Riggleman said. “They weren’t sharp today. It happens universally during the spring nearly every pitcher has a game where they aren’t sharp.”
Aquino had two hits, including the home run.
“We’ve heard so many good things about him and we’re seeing it in the spring,” Riggleman said. ‘He’s very impressive. A lot of guys swung the bats very well, Cozart, Peraza, (Brandon) Dixon.”
The Reds scored two runs in the sixth on a two-run home run by Jennings. Dixon tied it with a home run.
Michael Lorenzen pitched a scoreless seventh but singles by Joe DeCarlo and Rayder Ascanio scored Boog Powell, who walked, giving the Mariners the win.
Posted by Gary Schatz at 6:43 PM