Whenever it’s a day that Luis Castillo takes the mound, it’s a good day. With that said, the game is radio only and that means we can’t watch it and that does take away from the spectacle a little bit. Cincinnati is coming off of a loss on Sunday to the White Sox, but got some good performances from the young players in the game. The Rangers will be looking to pick up their third win in a row to kick off their Cactus League season in the 3:05pm ET game.
Cincinnati Reds (0-1) Starting Lineup
- Josh VanMeter – 3B
- Joey Votto – 1B
- Nick Castellanos – RF
- Mike Moustakas – 2B
- Tucker Barnhart – C
- Phillip Ervin – LF
- Mark Payton – DH
- Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
- Travis Jankowski – CF
- Luis Castillo – RHP
Reserve players on today’s roster:
Texas Rangers (2-0) Starting Lineup
- Danny Santana – CF
- Nick Solak – DH
- Willie Calhoun – LF
- Ronald Guzman – 1B
- Scott Heineman – RF
- Jose Trevino – C
- Sherten Apostel – 3B
- Isiah Kiner-Falefa – SS
- Anderson Tejeda – 2B
- Arturo Reyes – 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
Speaking of Anthony DeSclafani, Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about what helped the right-handed pitcher turn things around in the 2019 season, particularly in the second half. As we wrote about earlier this month, after May in 2019 the right-handed pitcher posted a 3.36 ERA in 112.1 innings pitched.
After being hit by a pitch yesterday in the wrist, Jesse Winker will be fine. His x-rays showed no fracture according to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.
Jesse Winker said x-rays showed no fracture in his left wrist. He has a nice big bruise, but he got hit on the meaty part of the forearm/wrist. He was scared, but then relieved. Said he’ll be fine
— C. ???????????? (@ctrent) February 24, 2020
The game on Tuesday against the Angels will be the first game available to watch on Fox Sports Ohio/MLB.tv. It will also be available on the radio in the Cincinnati area.
Final: Reds 9 – Rangers 6
Cincinnati picked up their first win of the spring on Monday, while also handing Texas their first loss of the spring.
After falling behind 3-0 in the 1st inning, Phillip Ervin cracked a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the 1st. The Reds never trailed after that. They would pad their lead in the 3rd inning when Mike Moustakas homered to make it 5-3. The Reds second baseman reached base all three times he stepped to the plate – drawing a walk and being hit by a pitch in the other two plate appearances. Shortstop prospect Alfredo Rodriguez notched a double, going 1-3.
Joel Kuhnel threw 1.2 perfect innings of relief. R.J. Alaniz, who came on in relief of Luis Castillo (0.2IP, 3ER), tossed 1.1 perfect innings of his own. Tyler Thornburg, Sal Romano, Junichi Tazawa, and Jose Adames all had scoreless outings, too.
That last pitcher, Jose Adames, came over from minor league camp. The right-handed reliever hit 100 MPH on the day. And that’s nowhere near the best part of the story of the day for Adames. I wrote a little bit about his day, and his journey back to the mound at RedsMinorLeagues.com. Go check it out.
You can see the entire box score for the game here.
The notes worth noting
Cincinnati hitters were hit by three more pitches on Monday. Mike Moustakas, Brandon Barnes, and Narciso Crook all were hit – giving the Reds five batters hit through just two spring games. That’s not ideal.
The Reds had 10 walks and six strikeouts in the game.