Editor’s note: The Cincinnati Reds are underway at spring coaching in Goodyear, Arizona, till March 24. Test back here for information and updates from Enquirer defeat writers Bobby Nightengale and John Fay.
The Reds had 17 hits and cruised to a 14-2 victory in excess of the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday for their initially earn of the spring at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Third baseman Christian Colón smacked a 3-operate homer in the 2nd inning and catcher Juan Graterol hit a 3-operate double in the fourth inning to highlight the offense. Angels pitchers walked 12 batters.
“Genuinely good at-bats,” Reds supervisor David Bell reported. “I’m just trying to think of the highlights and there was a ton of them. Fellas have been affected person. They have been intense in the zone and obtained into a ton of deep counts. A ton of good situational hitting. Genuinely good days by a ton of men.”
Bell reported it could be mid-March right before catcher Curt Casali begins participating in in spring coaching video games. He will continue to be on track for Opening Day, but the Reds want him to get his time recovering from offseason surgical treatment on his hip.
1. In large-league camp for the initially time, Reds prospect Vladimir Gutierrez made his initially start out of the spring. He threw 11 of his 17 pitches for strikes, fooling Albert Pujols with just one of his changeups. “I was very settled, emotionally,” Gutierrez reported through translator Julio Morillo. “I’m used to large predicaments. Again in Cuba, I used to pitch with a ton of people today in the stadium. I arrived with just one goal, trying to make my pitches.”
2. It was a wonderful start out to the spring for shortstop José Peraza. He had 3 hits in 3 at-bats, lining a single into all 3 parts of the outfield. That provided an RBI single in the third inning with the bases loaded. In the initially inning, he stole two bases and scored on Phillip Ervin’s single.
3. Colón, a non-roster invitee, crushed a 3-operate homer in the top of the 2nd inning. It was a -1 pitch up in the strike zone and Colón lifted it in excess of the berm in remaining area in opposition to Angels pitcher Zac Ryan.
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4. (A reward observation because it was not from the game.) Michael Lorenzen worked in the outfield Sunday, taking live reads in remaining area during batting practice. He made a wonderful working capture to his remaining right before stepping on to the warning track, but no person has ever questioned his athleticism. When it was his transform to hit, Lorenzen drilled a property operate to remaining area and smiled as he remaining the cage. Lorenzen turned to Graterol and reported, “See?” Equally gamers laughed.
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Correct-hander Tyler Mahle reported he worked on creating his offspeed pitches for the forthcoming season.
“It arrived down to living off the fastball (last yr). There have been days, just like every person has, that the other pitches would come all-around, but for the most element, I was just pitching on just one pitch. You just can’t do that, especially in the large leagues with anything they have now. Fellas know you are likely to throw it. I think that was a large deal last yr. Attempting to be thriving a complete yr is tough executing it on just one pitch.”
Monday – Still left-hander Alex Wood will start out for the Reds in opposition to the Seattle Mariners. Yusei Kikuchi, who signed with the Mariners out of Japan, will make his initially start out of the spring. Very first pitch is at 3:10 p.m. at Peoria Sporting activities Complex. (Radio: WSAI-1360.)