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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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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Reds win 9-8

The Reds win 9-8, despite themselves. They scored three runs in the eighth -- two-run homer by Juan Castro, RBI single for Norris Hopper -- after the Pirates took at 8-6 lead on four uneaned runs in the top of the inning.

Mark Bellhorn didn't make a very good case for himself by booting a routine groundball that led to the four unearned runs. Bellhorn has looked shaky on defense at second and third. The Reds made four errors on the day, leading five unearned runs.

Josh Hamilton had three more hits, his fourth multi-hit game of the spring. He's hitting .538. He attributes his success to this: "I've been calmer at the plate. Maybe it has something to do with being older."

Brian Shackelford, the pitcher in the eighth when all the runs scored, got the win. Brian Meadows saved it. Other offensive highlights: Ryan Freel 2-3, Edwin Encarnacion, 2-4, RBI, Alex Gonzalez 2-3, 2B, RBI. Pitching: Todd Coffey struck out the side in the seventh. Scoreless innings from Mike Stanton, Bobby Livingston, Meadows. Eric Milton 3 2/3, 7 hits, 4 runs, 3ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. Brad Salmon gave up three runs in 2/3 of an inning.


at 4:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone say something to Jeff Brantley about the pronunciation of Edwin Encarnacion's last name. He keeps saying En -car-NAY-cion instead of the more common, and correct En-car-NAH-cion! It's driving me crazy!

at 4:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed Encarnacion committed another error today. I haven't seen him play yet this year but I was hoping his defense was improving. What is your impression of Encarnacion this spring defensively?? Do you think he's improving?? If not, is it totally out of the question to let a guy like Juan Castro, a solid fielder, be the everyday third baseman and count on Brandon Phillips as the main right handed bat in our lineup??

at 4:57 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Encarnaccion's going to play. He's going to make some errors, but he's 24. Narron was saying today about how Encarnacion really worked at his defense. Guys his age generally get better with experience. Alex Gonzalez made 26 errors when he was 24. He made seven last year.

at 5:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great points John, thanks for the insight!

at 8:29 PM Blogger nkywiseone said...

I know Marty B. says that spring stats don't mean much. That said, I would not be surprised to see Josh Hamilton as the starting RF on Opening Day.

at 9:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm getting kind of excited about all the spring wins. I was wondering - are the Reds just getting ready and happen to be winning, or is Narron managing to win these games?

at 8:19 AM Blogger John Fay said...

Narron's not playing to win. The idea is to get players ready. You'll start seeing regulars playing more and pitchers more in regulars roles in the next week or so, however.

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