Quintana certainly is game-ready. He pitched seven innings and gave up no runs, two hits, walked nobody and struck out three, lowering his spring earned run average to 1.00.
Once again with a chance to scramble over .500, the Reds fell to 13-14 this spring via a 4-2 loss to the White Sox.
REDS STARTER BRONSON ARROYO, a 40-year-old righ hander trying to win any spot available on he pitching staff, gave up two runs and four hits during his four innings.
The White Sox scored their two runs off Arroyo in the fourth inning on a leadoff double by Melky Cabrera and a two-out home run by Nicky Delmonico.
Delmonico delivered again in the sixth inning against Blake Wood. Former Reds third baseman Todd Frazier blooped a single and scored from first on Delmonico’s one-out double to right field for a 3-0 lead.
As has happened so often this spring, much of a game’s offense by the Reds comes late from the extra players and minor leaguers not on the roster.
It happened again Thursday when the Reds scored two runs in the top of the eighth, to pull within 3-2.
But Wandy Peralta, trying to grab a bullpen spot, had his second straight bad outing. He gave up three straight singles to start the inning for a run.
BILLY HAMILTON, ABSENT the last four games with a sore Achilles tendon, returned to the lineup Thursday and was 0 for 3 and is hitting .211 this spring.
THE REDS WON A rain-shortened five inning game Wednesday night in Mesa, Ariz., 5-2.
Adam Duvall produced a two-run home run and the only runs scored off scheduled Opening Day starter Scott Feldman in five innings was a two-run homer by Middletown native Kyle Schwarber.
Feldman gave up two runs and three hits, but walked three and struck out three.