Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 6 and 8, Reds 7 and 9

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 6 and 8, Reds 7 and 9

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A couple of one-run losses to the Reds – get ’em out of your system in the Spring, boys. The bigger news? Koyie Hill had his first hit of the Spring! That double was easily worth $850,000…

  • Carlos Silva dropped another deuce, this time to the tune of four earned runs in five innings of work. As usual, he didn’t walk anyone, but he gave up five hits, including a double, a triple, and two homers. The good news is his trade value has never been higher. Not.
  • Todd Wellemeyer, Casey Coleman, and James Russell also stunk, with Wellemeyer giving up three runs (two earned) in two innings of work (four hits, three walks), Coleman giving up two earned runs in four innings of work (five hits and one walk), and Russell giving up four runs (one earned) in three innings of work (five hits, two walks). None of the three will be winning a rotation spot, and none is a particularly good bet to make the bullpen either.
  • Robert Coello’s hopes of making the bullpen were probably also dashed as he looked terrible in his third of an inning, giving up four hits and two earned runs.
  • Justin Berg threw a scoreless frame, so it wasn’t all bad news for guys trying to make the pitching corps.
  • Fernando Perez and Reed Johnson each got in a near full game, with Perez winning today’s duel (1-4 with three RBI). Johnson’s Spring average is down to .167 after another hitless effort.
  • Darwin Barney went 2-4 playing a near full game at shortstop. Interestingly, it looks like Augie Ojeda did not play today, despite the split squad games. I wonder if he’s hurt.
  • Fan favorite Bobby Scales did what he does, tearing up Spring Training. The 30-something utility player went 3-5, scoring twice and driving in two. He’s not a real threat to make the roster, though.



Author: Brett Taylor

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