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Posted on June 18, 2019 at 08:20 PM.
So the Reds have played their first 5 Spring Training games and new manager David Bell got to see each of his expected starting pitchers pitch, even if it was just a couple of innings. So many new faces, old faces and faces that were once familiar and who are back again.

I will be playing All-Star Pitching and All-Star Batting, I struggled last year on All-Star with batting but did okay with pitching. I have switched from Zone Batting to Directional and seem to be hitting the ball better...better influence of where the ball is going obviously. ONE, is Directional suppose to make it easier and TWO what do you use.

So, a quick rundown of the Reds first five games...

Luis Castillo starts, goes 2 innings and gets a NO DECISION
Sal Ramano gets the WIN after going 1 inning in the sixth inning
Raisel Iglesias gets a SAVE going 1 inning

Jay Bruce picks up where he left off, hitting Home Runs at Great American Ballpark, going 1 for 2, driving in 2 with his long ball.
Scooter Gennett, also went deep, going 1 for 2 with 1 RBI
Riley Mahan, WHO?, a second baseman acquired by trade from Miami, Riley is a Cincinnati area native. Riley is a Non-Roster invite, Riley really impressed with his only at-bat, going yard and driving in three.
Nick Senzel made his Center field debut, going 0 for 2 at the plate, but did not make an error. Manager David Bell, " We are happy to see Nick in Center, he made great reads. His bat will come around."

The Indians out hit the Reds 9 to 6, but the Reds made them count, winning 6 - 3.

Mike Leake gets the start and a NO DECISION after 2 innings.
John Lamb, a free agent signing, and once Reds prospect, gets the WIN pitching 1 & 2/3 inning.
Matt Bowman gets the SAVE pitching 1 inning.

No Home Runs in today's game, but lots of doubles, 5 to be exact.
Phiilip Ervin came in off the bench as a mid-game substitution, going 1 for 2, his double drove in 2 runs.
Adam Dunn looks good getting two hits in 4 tries, Dunn is now 3 for 5, retirement did him good, so far.
Shohei Ohtani came in as a replacement in Right Field, he went 0 for 2.

Reds win 5 - 2.

Anthony DeSclafani gets the start and a NO DECISION after 2 innings.
Homer Bailey, who was reacquired from the Royals, pitched 2/3 inning.
Sal Ramano gets his second WIN after pitching the 9th inning.

Adam Duvall was traded back to the Reds from Atlanta, Duvall said he was super excited to be back in Cincy. He went 0 for 2 in his return. Little less excitement, more hits.
Scott Schebler got 1 hit in 2 trips to the plate, but it was a 9th inning WALK OFF JACK. Hitting Coach, Turner Ward, had this to say, "That was CLUTCH".

Reds win 1 - 0.

Sonny Gray gets the start, Sonny was traded for with the Stankees, oops! Yankees, darn spell check . Gray got a NO DECISION after 2 innings.
Matt Bowman, got a 5th inning BLOWN SAVE giving up 2 runs allowing the Soxs to tie it 3 - 3.
Jon Moscot, a Reds pitching PROJECT gets the LOSS allowing a run in the 6th.
Matt Belisle, returning former Red and well traveled relief pitcher, went 1 inning allowing no runs and striking out the side in the 7th.

Cincy's bats were no where near the stadium today. Might have well been using broom sticks.
Joey Votto finaaly got a hit, good thing it is only SPRING TRAINING, right?
Nick Senzel, Reds top prospect, he too got his first hit.
Jay Bruce gets his second Home Run.
Shohei Ohtani came in as a replacement in Right Field, he went 0 for 2.

Reds lose 3 - 4.

Pitching was terrible, Manager David Bell was at loss for words after the game when asked about today's 8 RUNS ALLOWED. Bell said, "Well, you know...Ummm...Pitching wasn't know." The Reds had an early lead but SDS SIMULATION PROGRAMMING had the Brewers make a comeback.
Shohei Ohtani who the Reds outbid LAA to acquired him, then shelved for all of the 2018 season due to a UCL sprain, got his first Spring Training start. Ohtani went 2 innings, but allowed 1 run. Reds pitching coach, Derek Johnson, said "they were happy that Shohei felt fine after the game and seems to be fully recovered from last years injury." Lets hope so...
Jonathan Broxton returns to the Reds too, a free agent signing and retired for a year, pitched the 8th inning and was the only Reds pitcher to not allow a run.
Raisel Iglesias got a BLOWN SAVE in the 9th, giving up a SDS "NOT COMEBACK CODE" home run to allow the Brewers to tie it 8 - 8.

Travis Shaw, 3rd Baseman, acquired from the Brewers, went 2 for 2 against his old team. One hit being a 2 run Home Run.
Shohei Ohtani went 1 for one with a single, and SOLE second and would cross the plate on a Scooter Gennett double.
Adam Dunn had his own SAVE, he saved Iglesias's backside by driving a ball DEEP to left field for a walk off Home Run.

Reds win 9 - 8.
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