Ben Sheets signed a
one-year, $10 million contract with the Oakland Athletics on January, 26th
2010 after missing all of the 2009 season due to elbow surgery. Playing all
of his eight seasons with Milwaukee ('01-'08), Sheets went 86-83 posting a
career 3.72 ERA. This year Sheets is attempting a comeback with the A's and
so far, it's not looking good. "Not good" is actually putting it politely,
the guy has been flat out terrible. In three Spring Training starts, the 31
year-old is 0-2. He has allowed 18 runs (15 earned) in only 4.1 innings of
work and has a whopping 31.15 ERA. Sheets is the second highest paid Oakland
The Reds were big contributors to Ben Sheets' poor spring statistics during
his start against them on Monday. The Reds sent 13 men to the plate during
the bottom of the first inning with ten of them reaching base. The Reds
scored ten runs (9 earned) before Sheets was lifted, failing to record a
single out. Fernando Hernandez relieved Sheets and went on to pitch two
scoreless innings. Chris Dickerson went 4-4 scoring three times and driving
in two, coming up a triple short of hitting for the cycle. In the sixth
Wladimir Balentien hit a two-run homer to right field.
Reds went on to beat Oakland by a final score of 13-5.
After Mike "Hot Rod" Lincoln had another bad outing (3IP, 5H, 4ER) rapidly
diminishing his fifth-spot dreams, the rest of the Reds' staff pitched well.
Cordero pitched a scoreless fourth, Travis Wood got three innings of work
(1H, 1ER, 4SO), and Mike Leake finished the game going two innings
Former Reds' utility man Adam Rosales went 3-3 with one RBI for Oakland.
Rosales saw his old teammates for the first time since being traded to the
A's with Willy Taveras for Aaron Miles. So far this spring, Rosales is
hitting .450 and is in the mix to play shortstop for the A's on Opening Day.
Rosales had this to say:
was a little odd. It was great to see all the guys. But it was like a weird
dream, kind of surreal."
On Sunday, the Reds played two games. In their "B" game they defeated the
Indians 4-3. Aaron Harang pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings (one out was added
in the fourth inning to allow Harang to reach his pitch count). Throwing 62
pitches, Harang was hitting 90mph on the radar gun.
Sunday's "A" game
resulted in a 5-5 tie against the White Sox. The Reds led the game 5-1 with
two outs in the ninth when Jordan Smith gave up four runs. Both teams were
out of pitchers after regulation and the game was called.