There was plenty of Reds baseball played today. Here’s the gist.
The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game Day
If ya knock a 3-run walk-off dinger, you get a trophy.  Them’s the facts.
Juan Duran ended one of the Cincinnati Reds’ split squad games with just that, a 3-run blast that gave the good guys a win over the Los Angeles Angels, and for that he takes home the modified JNMSotGD.  Duran has been around for seemingly forever, yet the 6’7″ farmhand is still just 23 years old.  He’s struggled mightily with contact and K issues, but as evidenced by today’s work and the 37 dingers he’s crushed across his last two minor league seasons, the power’s there and undeniable when he manages to line things up.  Hopefully he’ll get his walk rate up quickly, since he’s nearing 6-year minor league free agent status rapidly.

Honorable Mentions are due to:  Joey Votto, who walked(!); Aroldis Chapman, who tossed multiple innings (2) and allowed merely an infield single to the best hitter in the game of baseball; Irving Falu, who had a pair of hits and the first two successful stolen bases of the Reds’ spring; David Holmberg, who danced out of trouble repeatedly but still managed 3 scoreless IP against the Colorado Rockies; Jason Bourgeois, who dingered as part of his 2-hit, 2-run afternoon; Kyle Skipworth, who also rocketed a dinger; and Nick Travieso, who had a Holmbergy performance of his own for 2 scoreless innings.

Key Plays – Reds vs. Angels

The Reds got to Andrew Heaney in the Bottom of the 1st in this one, thanks to a leadoff infield single that Jason Bourgeois beat out and Joey Votto’s first glorious, beautiful, melt-my-heart walk of the spring.  Both moved up on a Chris Dominguez grounder, and Boozy scored on a sac-liner that Jay Bruce smoked to RF.  Reds led, 1-0.
The Angels started putting the bat on the ball in their second time facing DeSclafani, stringing together a flurry of singles that gave them the lead in the Top of the 3rd.  Josh Rutledge got his first, Kole Calhoun’s came two batters later to move Rutledge to 3B, and after Mike Trout walked to load the bases, back to back singles from Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar drove 3 runs in for Los Angeles.  Reds trailed, 3-1.
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