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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Reds win 3-0, Freel hurt

Reds beat Blue Jays 3-0 Monday afternoon. Five pitchers combined to throw a two-hitter.

Ryan Freel left the game in the second with a tight right hamstring. He's day-to-day. Sounds pretty minors.

Matt Belisle pitched four innings of one-hit, shutout ball. He struck out three and walked one. If you go strictly on results, he's leading fifth starter race. The only glitch Monday was he nearly had his glove taken off by a Troy Glaus line drive in the first.

The relief pitching wasn't too shabby either. David Weathers and Dustin Hermanson threw 1-2-3 ininngs. Victor Santos pitched two innings of one-hit ball. Jared Burton finished up for the save.

"It's good to see," Narron said. "Everybody trying to earn a spot is throwing well."

Hermanson also made a nice play on the bunt. He got off the mound to field and then made a diving tag. "You're worried about his health then he makes a play like that," Narron siad.

Reds scored one in the first. Freel singled. Brandon Phillips reached on the fielder's choice with Freel safe at second. Adam Dunn lined a single up the middle to score Freel.

Norris Hopper drove in a run with a two-out single in the fourth.

Hopper doubled in another run in the sixth.

Chad Mottola, the Reds first pick back in the Dead Ball Era, is playing right for the Jays. Actually he was picked in 1992. He has 25 games in the majors and over 1,000 in the minors.

Ray Olmedo entered the game in the sixth at shortstop for the Jays. Burton struck out in the ninth.

By the way, Siesta Key was in full spring break mode last night. Cops had a carload of kids pulled over in the parking lot of 7-11. The drum circle crowd had traffic backed up from the Village to Public Beach. Lots of breakers went from the beach to bar to oblivion from 4 to to 7 or so.


at 4:21 PM Blogger Mark said...

problem. Isn't it a little more of a concern with some one who swipes a lot of bases? Who besides Freel & Phillips on this roster has decent speed?

at 11:05 PM Anonymous Pat said...

just wait for the pub crawl this weekend in "the village" on St. Paddy's Day. the spring breakers really come out then - see ya at the deck!

Go Reds - can't wait for the season - by the way: the "real opening day" is the day the Reds open - it always has been no matter what other teams "open" before them.

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