By: Zane Miller
The Reds broke even over the past week, after beginning with a 3-3 tie against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were playing in a split squad game, on Thursday afternoon, before losing to the Dodgers 8-1 on Friday night. The Reds then defeated the Texas Rangers on Saturday afternoon 5-2, but followed it up with a 9-9 tie with the Cleveland Indians on Sunday afternoon. Monday afternoon saw the team lose 6-3 against the Colorado Rockies, however, the finished out on a high note with a 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
In Saturday’s 5-2 win against the Rangers, Reds right fielder Phillip Ervin, who changed his number to 6 from 27 for the upcoming season, provided the big at-bat for the team as he hit a three run home run in the fifth inning to help lead the Reds to the victory. Pitcher Anthony DeSclafani took the win, as he went five innings with one earned run allowed on a pair of hits and no walks. Fellow pitcher Matt Wisler picked up the save with two hits allowed in the final inning, while Rangers reliever Jesse Chavez took the loss.
In Tuesday’s 6-5 win over the White Sox, new Reds acquisition and right fielder Yasiel Puig picked up two RBI in the fifth to help the Reds come back from a 4-0 deficit, as the Reds eventually won in the ninth on a wild pitch that allowed pinch runner Leandro Santana to score the winning run.