MESA, Ariz. _ Lou was in a great mood after today's 8-1 victory over the Reds. The only damper is that he'll have to make the final roster cuts, which he says are coming tomorrow. "Nothing's ever easy," he said. "We've talked about it over and over again. Everybody brings a little something different to the equation. I think we have a pretty good idea, but we'll wait until tomorrow."
The final cut will come down to one between veterans Chad Tracy and Kevin Millar. Tracy hits left-handed and can play first and third bases. Millar bats right handed and can play first base and left field.
Since some of you here on this blog have wondered about Tyler Colvin's lack of walks this year, I decided to ask Lou about it after the game. Colvin has a line of .468/.468/.710, going 29-for-62. He had an RBI double and an RBI forceout today. He batted four times, seeing 16 pitches.
"He hasn't walked?" Lou asked. "I didn't realize that. He hasn't swung and missed that much. One thing that people don't realize about walks is if you don't swing and miss much and you're putting the ball in play, it makes it a lot harder to get walks. If he continues to hit and the scouts start going over the fact that, 'Hey, this young man is swinging the bat; let's be a little careful,' the walks will start coming. Right now, they're just pitching to him."
Lou was happy with the pitching today:
--Randy Wells: 5.2 innings, 7 hits and 1 run with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts.
--Justin Berg: One pitch, one groundball out.
--Sean Marshall: 2 innings, 1 hit, no runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts. Marshall has an ERA of 1.38.
--James Russell: 1 inning, 1 hit, no runs, 1 strikeout. Russell has not allowed a run in 9 games, covering 11 innings.
"The big thing that I see this spring is that we're throwing strikes," Lou said. "And it showing. It's showing. We hit the longball today, and that's good to see _ Byrd in the first inning and we had Fontenot and Baker (also with homers)."
Off to Scottsdale and the Giants tomorrow.