The Reds fell 8-2 to the defending American League Champions in the first game at Goodyear this spring. Eugenio Suarez homered in his spring debut, but the Reds were only able to score 2 runs despite 14 hits. Joey Votto, Billy Hamilton, Amir Garrett, Dilson Herrera, and others made their 2017 debuts for the Reds.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (0-2) 2 14 1
Cleveland Indians (1-0) 8 11 1
Box Score



Eugenio Suarez hit an opposite-field home run in his first plate appearance of 2017 (VIDEO). Many of us here at RN have written our support of Suarez: 1/18/17 (Dotson), 12/15/16 (Linden), 08/11/16 (Carrington). It’s not everyday you have a 24-year old third baseman (age at beginning of 2016) that hits 21 bombs in his first full big league season.


Amir Garrett had a mostly positive debut: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K. He struck out the first batter he faced, Carlos Santana (who hit 34 bombs last season). Garrett then had to go through a pretty difficult Indians lineup. He is a very lengthy individual if you haven’t seen him on the mound before. The Chapman comparison in terms of stature is very accurate. Garrett said that he felt good after the outing.

Jesse Winker and Dilson Herrera each got a hit in their spring debuts off lefty Ryan Merrit. Tucker Barnhart singled off the untouchable Andrew Miller as well.

Hernan Iribarren had two hits in the #9 spot, and also made a fantastic play.


Joey Votto and Billy Hamilton were each 0 for 3 in their spring debuts. Votto struck out twice. Votto made a really nice play, and then on the very next play booted a ball (he was bailed out though by Iribarren).

Arismendy Alcantara can play just about every position, which is very nice. However, he did boot a ball hit right to him in the first inning. He is no Zack Cozart.

Jumbo Diaz had a tough spring debut: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.

Austin Brice, who is fighting for one of the Reds open bullpen spots, gave up a run in his only inning of work: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.

Not so random thoughts……..

One of the very few bright spots to living in Cleveland was that I was able to watch today’s game (the Indians broadcast the game on Sportstime Ohio). The Indians play by play broadcaster, Matt Underwood, was certainly not in mid-season form. He mispronounced quite a few names.

Bradley Zimmer had a heck of day for the Indians. He went 2 for 3, with a walk, HR, and 5 RBI. He is the Indians #1 prospect, and is trying to make the team.

The sprinklers went off during the bottom of the 8th inning, which was pretty comical. They were are on for less than the minute.

Up Next:

Giants at Reds
Sunday, 3:05 PM
TV: None; Radio: 1360-WSAI
Tim Adleman (Reds) vs Matt Moore (Giants)


All photos are used courtesy of Sam Greene and the Cincinnati Enquirer, and are used by permission. 

5 Responses

  1. Ed Koverman

    I agree on iribarren a left handed hitting infielder is something we have needed for a long time

  2. NorMich Red

    Isn’t “living in Cleveland” an oxymoron? Luckily, I escaped living in the similarly oxymoronic “Greater Cleveland” in my early 20’s and have bounced around to several much nicer places.

    Not sure if STO’s Underwood was just in bad early form. I can’t stomach watching the Cleveburg games on STO, even when they are on the road and I don’t have to listen to the Annoying Drum Guy for 3 hours.

    Here’s hoping the rebuild is real and we will see the reality of that evolve over the course of ST and into the season. Would love to see the Ohio Cup return to its rightful place this season and see the Birthplace of Baseball become Ohio’s best sometime VERY soon again.

    If Amir Garrett turns out to be the real deal, life as a Reds’ fan immediately gets a lot more interesting…

  3. Chuck Schick

    Why would they forget about Super 2? Does it make sense to keep Garrett on the roster an extra 3 months…. during what will likely be a losing seasons…so the Reds are forced to potentially pay him millions more over the time he’s under team control?

  4. Earl Nash

    Dilson Herrera looks like a big dude for a second baseman in the picture the Reds shared out.

    • JoshG

      I thought the same thing, looks more like a corner outfielder or 3B