Last night marks the first (not-so-clean) win for Shields in his 2016 spring stretch. After a handful of patchy games from the Padres featuring low run-production and high run-allowance, things are starting to click a little better now for the squad, if not just for the last few games.
Coming off an ugly game of 2 innings pitched and 4 runs allowed against the White Sox, Shields went a 4 inning distance, maybe a little bit less ugly since only 2 of his 4 runs allowed for the night with the Reds were actually earned. The biggest thing to note in all of this is that those four runs were produced out of just 1 hit and 3 walks. He also negated one of those runs with an RBI-single in the bottom of the 4th.
In an effort to make up for the deficit, and keep their swinging Shields from notching another L, Wil Myers and the lineup had an explosive run in that 4th inning as well. This is what went down:
- Matt Kemp slices a single into right field
- Myers brings Kemp home with a 2-run HR
- Yangervis Solarte draws a walk in 7 pitches
- Alexei Ramirez shoots an RBI-double into left field, still no outs
- Melvin Upton grounds out, Christian Bethancourt walks
- Shields helps his cause with by slicing an RBI-single up the middle
- Jon Jay gets hit by a pitch, Cory Spangenberg K's on a breaking ball
- Kemp comes back at it again with a single, this time scoring Bethancourt
- Myers returns to clear Jay, Shields, and Kemp off the bases with an RBI-double
- Solarte pops out to end the fun
Keep note of Kemp in there, with another multi-hit night along with Myers and Bethancourt joining the fun. An offense looking like it has a pep in its step, jumping on the easy mistakes from pitchers like Cody Reed and Layne Somsen.
It's Andrew Cashner's turn to join happy camper status today against the Texas Rangers and Colby Lewis. A win today will extend a consecutive W into a full-blown spring training winning streak.
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