Reds Vs Reds' Futures: Reds Blown Out By Minors

Nathan DunnoCorrespondent IApril 4, 2009

SARASOTA, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Bronson Arroyo #61 of the Cincinnati Reds works out during practice after Spring Training Photo day on February 18, 2009 at the Cincinnati Reds training facility in Sarasota, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Reds starter Bronson Arroyo, and high priced closer Francisco Cordero, pitched very poorly again this preseason, as the Reds embarrassed themselves against the Futures team.

Bronson Arroyo pitched only three innings, and gave up six runs and seven hits (2 home runs). Arroyo had four strikeouts and two walks.

Closer Coco Cordero pitched very poorly this afternoon. Cordero worked two innings of relief, giving up four runs (three earned) and a homer.

Mike Lincoln gave up four hits and a run, to add to the whooping, in one inning of work.

For the Futures, Dallas Buck pitched very well until he found some trouble fifth. Buck pitched five innings with three hits and two earned, while striking out six and walking three.

The Reds offense showed again why they need a "BIG BAT" in the middle of the lineup, as the only managed four hits as a team.

Chris Dickerson hit a solo homer in the fifth, to finally get the Reds on the scoreboard.

Johnny Gomes, Adam Rosales and Darnell McDonald all had doubles in the game, and Jerry Harriston Jr. and Johnny Gomes also had a RBI each.

The Reds first round pick last year, Yonder Alonso, made the play right away in the first by hitting a three-run bomb of Bronson Arroyo. Alonso went 2-2 at the dish.

Highly regarded Minor Leaguer Juan Francisco had a huge game with two home runs (one inside the park) and five RBI, going 2-2.

Chris Valiaka went 4-5 with a RBI, and Chris Heisey was a perfect 3-3.

This is the sixth game in a row that the Reds have lost.

The Reds travel to Dayton, OH tomorrow for a 3:05 exhibition game against Minor League All-Stars from Single A through Triple A, for their final tune-up before Opening Day Monday.