Reed deals with foggy glasses before rocky 4th

Reed deals with foggy glasses before rocky 4th

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Reds pitching prospect Cody Reed had a few things go wrong for him in an eight-run fourth inning in an 8-5 loss to the Padres on Monday night. But when things were still going well in the third inning, Reed encountered an issue with his eyeglasses when they fogged up on him.

Reed had a runner on second base and one out with Jon Jay batting in the bottom of the third. Jay went down looking.

"One out, a guy on second I've got to go for a strikeout," Reed said. "Luckily I got that on a good slider down. Me and Tucker [Barnhart] felt good going with that pitch. It worked out in our favor."

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Trouble began during the matchup against the next batter, Cory Spangenberg.

"I got behind, 2-0, and came back, 2-2, and my glasses started fogging up a little bit," Reed said. "[Barnhart] came back out there because I threw a slider and he wanted a fastball and [the batter] fouled it back."

Reed said Barnhart told him to throw only fastballs the rest of the inning. It ended when Spangenberg also looked at a strike-three heater.

"I threw it and I'm glad he didn't swing because it was right down the middle," Reed said.

The fourth inning went awry on Reed. Two batters in, a fastball low and in on Wil Myers was crushed for a two-run homer to right-center field -- Reed's first long ball allowed this spring and ending a nine-inning scoreless streak for the lefty. A walk followed to Yangervis Solarte and then a double to Alexei Ramirez. In his 3 1/3 innings, Reed gave up four earned runs and four hits. He walked his first two batters of spring and struck out three.

"That last inning, I just got behind and gave up that leadoff hit," Reed said. "I just fooled around and didn't get ahead. That's what hitters are supposed to do when they get into those hitter counts. It's something to work on tomorrow. Tomorrow is a new day."

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"Until then [the fourth], it had been almost flawless," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He had really good command. He's trying to blend in his changeup. That's really been the thing lately, trying to get that third pitch and make it a competitive pitch. … he needs to do that. Sometimes you sacrifice the quality of an outing or at-bat because you're trying to focus on something you're less comfortable doing."

Worth noting

• Starting pitcher Jon Moscot (strained left intercostal) reported feeling good after long tossing from a distance of 120 feet. Moscot is expected to get on the mound again for a bullpen session next. In about a week, he could return to pitch in a game for the first time since March 11. Is there still time for him to open the season in the big league rotation?

"That's what we're going to find out," Price said. "Instead of putting the kibosh on it, he has time if we don't pitch him for a week, if everything goes right. … That really is unknown. We're covering our bets with other pitchers."

Tim Melville would be the likely replacement in the rotation to begin the season if Moscot wasn't ready.

• Price was still not ready on Monday to name his Opening Day starter. The Reds begin the regular season in two weeks on April 4 vs. the Phillies.

John Lamb, who has been rehabbing from December back surgery, threw his third bullpen session of spring. He could face some hitters for the first time around the end of the month, Price said.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.