What was scheduled to be the second game of spring training for the Cincinnati Reds turns out to be the first one after the game on Saturday was canceled due to rain. So the Reds will kick off their spring training schedule against the Chicago White Sox later this afternoon.
Cincinnati Reds (0-0) Starting Lineup
- Shogo Akiyama – CF
- Aristides Aquino – RF
- Jesse Winker – LF
- Curt Casali – C
- Kyle Farmer – SS
- Derek Dietrich – 2B
- Matt Davidson – 1B
- Scott Schebler – DH
- Alex Blandino – 3B
- Vladimir Gutierrez – RHP
Reserve players on today’s roster:
Chicago White Sox (0-0) Starting Lineup
- Tim Anderson – SS
- Yoan Moncada – 3B
- Jose Abreu – 1B
- Nomar Mazara – RF
- Eloy Jimenez – LF
- James McCann – C
- Luis Robert – CF
- Nicky Delmonico – DH
- Leury Garcia – 2B
- Dylan Cease – RHP
Where to watch/listen/follow the game
The game will be live on the Reds on Radio Network. In the greater Cincinnati area the game will be available on 1360 WSAI AM. There will be no video available of the game, as it is not going to be broadcasted on television or the internet.
Reds links and news
Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer took a look at some of the things that new hitting coach Alan Zinter is working on with the team to help improve their offense in 2020. While the Reds have transformed their lineup since the first half of 2019 – Cincinnati finished dead last in exit velocity in the Major Leagues – and the additions of Mike Moustakas and Nick Castellanos, two power hitters should help that stat, it’s an area the organization is still looking to improve on.
Freddy Galvis has a sore shoulder, but should be ready to play in a few days according to Bobby Nightengale.
Freddy Galvis is a few days away from playing in spring training games because of shoulder soreness. David Bell said Galvis' shoulder was checked out and everything was OK. #Reds
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) February 23, 2020
If you are looking for some more information on today’s starting pitcher for the Reds, we wrote a little bit about Vladimir Gutierrez on Friday. There’s some background information, a look back at his minor league history, some video, and a scouting report.
Final: White Sox 7 – Reds 2
The Cincinnati Reds fell to the Chicago White Sox 7-2 in their spring opener on Sunday afternoon.
Shogo Akiyama got things started out right, lining a single into right-center field in his first trip to the plate. Alex Blandino and Matt Davidson both had singles among the other starters. But the Reds didn’t get on the board until the 8th inning. That’s when prospects Tyler Stephenson and Stuart Fairchild got things going. Stephenson, the Reds #3 prospect, doubled with 1-out in the inning. An out later it was Fairchild, the organization’s #7 prospect, who homered to cut the White Sox lead down to 3-2.
On the mound Vladimir Gutierrez and Tejay Antone both threw 2.0 shutout innings with the only hit between the two of them being an infield single. Justin Shafer threw a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Brandon Finnegan made an appearances with a hitless outing that included a walk. Prospect Ryan Nutof recorded the final two outs of the 9th inning. You can see the entire box score for the game here.
The notes worth noting
Both Jesse Winker and Matt Davidson were hit by pitches in the game and both left the game immediately after. Winker told C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic that he was fine after being hit in the left wrist.