One of the Cincinnati Reds free agent signings this past offseason, Wade Miley, will be making his spring debut against Milwaukee. The Brewers will counter with their own left-handed pitcher, Eric Lauer.
Cincinnati Reds (3-4) Starting Lineup
- Phillip Ervin – CF
- Joey Votto – 1B
- Aristides Aquino – DH
- Tucker Barnhart – C
- Josh VanMeter – 2B
- Alfredo Rodriguez – 3B
- Mark Payton – LF
- Scott Schebler – RF
- Jose Garcia – SS
- Wade Miley – LHP
Reserve players on today’s roster:
Milwaukee Brewers (5-2-1) Starting Lineup
- Brock Holt – SS
- Justin Smoak – DH
- Lorenzo Cain – CF
- Logan Morrison – LF
- Ryon Healy – 1B
- Eric Sogard – 3B
- Manny Pina – C
- Jace Peterson – 2B
- Corey Ray – RF
- Eric Lauer – LHP
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 700 WLW AM. The game will be on television on Fox Sports Ohio and MLB.tv, but it will be the Brewers broadcast.
Reds links and news
Tyler Mahle told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he’s going to throw his slider in 2020 in favor of his curveball, which he used in 2019 as his breaking pitch. He also noted he’d be fine with the bullpen if he doesn’t make the rotation – as long as he’s in the big leagues.
Tony Wolfe talked about our old friend Scooter Gennett over at Fangraphs this week – noting how he still doesn’t have a job this spring and how disappointing that fact actually is given how just a year ago he was coming off of a big year and looking to land a life-changing contract.
Mary Beth came in this morning with her latest piece in her Baseball Is Life series. If you missed it, you really need to go check out her wonderful weaving of stories.
Final: Brewers 5 – Reds 4
The Reds did something on Sunday they hope to do in the regular season – do some damage against Josh Hader. But they also lost the game, and they hope to do less of that when the games begin to count in the standings.
Phillip Ervin went 2-3 with a double after getting the start in center field. He was replaced in the game by Reds #12 prospect Michael Siani – a 20-year-old center fielder, and he just kept on going where Ervin left off, picking up a single off of Josh Hader, stealing a base off of Josh Hader, and the later drawing a walk in the game. Another outfielder, Rule 5 pick Mark Payton had an RBI double in the 4th inning to get the Reds on the board.
Josh VanMeter laid down the most perfect bunt against the shift you’ll ever see. It went down the third base line and just into the outfield grass. But he tried stretching it into a double and was thrown out on a bang-bang play at the bag. He’d draw a walk later in the game. The Reds did plenty of walking on the day as Siani, Joey Votto, Christian Colon, Tyler Stephenson, Stuart Fairchild, and Jose Garcia all picked up a walk along with VanMeter. Scott Schebler, Alfredo Rodriguez, and Michael De Leon all picked up singles in the game.
On the mound Ryan Nutof came in to record the final two outs of the second inning after Wade Miley (1.1IP, 4H, 3ER – all on a home run, 2K) reached his pitch count. Nutof picked up a strikeout and a lazy fly ball out before his inning came to an end. Sal Romano, Matt Bowman, Joel Kuhnel, and David Carpenter all tossed a hitless inning of relief for Cincinnati. Pedro Strop and Tyler Thornburg each allowed a run in their inning of work.
You can see the entire box score for the game here.