The Cincinnati Reds will hit the road today in the greater Phoenix area to take on the Oakland Athletics in a match up featuring two left-handed starting pitchers.
Cincinnati Reds (4-6-1) Starting Lineup
- Shogo Akiyama – CF
- Jesse Winker– DH
- Matt Davidson – 3B
- Derek Dietrich – LF
- Jose Garcia – SS
- Christian Colon – 1B
- Scott Schebler – RF
- Alfredo Rodriguez – 2B
- Francisco Pena – C
- Wade Miley – LHP
Reserve players on today’s roster:
Oakland Athletics (9-6-1) Starting Lineup
- Marcus Semien – SS
- Matt Chapman – 3B
- Matt Olson – 1B
- Khris Davis – LF
- Ramon Laureano – CF
- Robbie Grossman – DH
- Jonah Heim – C
- Jorge Mateo – 2B
- Buddy Reed – RF
- Sean Manaea – 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. The game will be available on MLB.tv via the Oakland Athletics broadcast. You can also watch it for free at Athletics.com.
Reds links and news
Both The Athletic and MLB Pipeline released their Top Prospect lists for the Cincinnati Reds organization this week. The top 10’s had most of the names you expect, but both lists had some names in the 11-20 range that stuck out from other lists we’ve seen for 2020.
Jesse Borek of MLB.com has the Reds beat for a little bit this spring and last night he wrote about Josh VanMeter’s position flexibility and how it could earn him a spot on the Cincinnati roster this year.
Jayson Stark spoke with managers around baseball about the three-batter rule for The Athletic this morning. Stark, and various managers speak of scenarios from intentionally walking a guy with the bases loaded, to stacking your lineup in ways that in the past would seem less than ideal. It’s a thorough, long read – but has tons of good thought processes within it about how the new rule could have unforeseen outcomes.
And finally, Joe Posnanski rated Joe Morgan as the 21st best baseball player in the history of the game today. He’s been counting down the Top 100 over at The Athletic since the start of the offseason.
Final: Reds 11 – Athletics 5
The early part of the game was almost a home run derby scenario, but once the 4th inning rolled around the ball stopped leaving the yard. The Reds, however, didn’t stop picking up the hits or the runs.
Matt Davidson crushed a 3-run home run in the 3rd inning and Francisco Pena hit a 2-run homer in the 5th to help lead the way for Cincinnati on the day. Alex Blandino and Scott Schebler both doubled twice in the game. Shogo Akiyama and TJ Friedl, both of whom played center field today, picked up two hits. Brantley Bell doubled in his lone plate appearance, and Narciso Crook picked up a single to raise his spring average to .333.
On the mound the bullpen had plenty of success. Tyler Thornburg, Matt Bowman, and Brooks Raley all threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Joel Kuhnel, R.J. Alaniz, and Jesse Biddle all tossed a shutout inning.
But the early part of the game didn’t go well for Wade Miley or David Carpenter. Miley gave up a 2-run home run to Matt Olson. Then in the 3rd inning he left two men on base who would come in to score after Carpenter gave up a 3-run homer to the first batter he faced. Oakland wouldn’t score after that, while the Reds would go on to score seven more times and make it an easy win. You can see the entire box score for the game here.