The Cincinnati Reds are back to playing just one game a day as they take on the Chicago White Sox on the road in Camelback Ranch. The game will be at 4:05pm ET.
Cincinnati Reds (7-7-2) Starting Lineup
- Nick Senzel – DH
- Nick Castellanos – RF
- Derek Dietrich – 1B
- Curt Casali – C
- Mark Payton – CF
- Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
- Scott Schebler – LF
- Jonathan India – 3B
- Blake Trahan – 2B
- Anthony DeSclafani – RHP
Reserve players on today’s roster:
Chicago White Sox (10-6-1) Starting Lineup
- Tim Anderson – SS
- Yoan Moncada – 3B
- Nicky Delmonico – 1B
- Yasmani Grandal – DH
- Eloy Jimenez – LF
- Nomar Mazara – RF
- James McCann – C
- Leury Garcia – 2B
- Adam Engel – CF
- 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. The game is free to watch at WhiteSox.com.
Reds links and news
We’re going to start out today with some bad news. Former Cincinnati Red Don Pavletich has passed away. He played in parts of 12 seasons in Major League Baseball between 1957 and 1971, with nine of those seasons coming for the Cincinnati Reds – hitting .263/.330/.436 in 1222 plate appearances for the organization. Between 1965 and 1966 he played in 151 games, hitting a very impressive .305/.367/.516 for the Reds in what were his two best offensive seasons of his career.
Eugenio Suarez is set to return to the lineup on Friday as the team’s designated hitter.
The Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres aren’t happy with the new 2-way player rule, which seems specifically written only for Shohei Ohtani (no other player over the last 50 years would qualify under the current rules), and are talking to Major League Baseball about changing the requirements so that Michael Lorenzen and Jake Cronenworth would qualify, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. As has been pointed out several times by multiple people, though – nothing prevents the likes of Lorenzen or Cronenworth from being used as a 2-way player. All it does is prevent the teams from carrying a 14th pitcher on the roster because those guys aren’t designated as a 2-way player.
Expect to see outfielder Shogo Akiyama at the top of the order on days when he’s in the lineup.
David Bell says Shogo Akiyama is expected to be the #Reds' leadoff hitter in games that he starts. He likes the on-base approach for Akiyama-Votto at the top of the lineup.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) March 9, 2020
Final: Reds 3 – White Sox 3
A home run from each team bookended the scoring on Monday, resulting in yet another tie for the Cincinnati Reds.
Nick Senzel led the game off with a home run off of Chicago White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease. The Reds designated hitter on the day, Senzel put a fastball from Cease into the bullpen beyond the right field wall to put Cincinnati up 1-0. Mark Payton would pick up an RBI single, going 1-3 on the day. Curt Casali came through with a bases loaded walk to bring in the other run for the Reds on the day. Alfredo Rodriguez continued his hot hitting, going 1-3 on the day. He’s now hitting .367 this spring. Scott Schebler, Michael De Leon, and Alejo Lopez all had singles for Cincinnati on the day.
Anthony DeSclafani looked strong, allowing just one run over 4.0 innings with a walk and two strikeouts. He turned things over to Raisel Iglesias for the fifth inning, and the right-handed reliever fired a perfect inning with a strikeout. Amir Garrett picked up three strikeouts in the sixth, but did have to work around a solo home run. Pedro Strop tossed a perfect seventh inning, and Robert Stephenson followed up with a shutout inning of his own that included two strikeouts. In the last inning Cody Reed thought he had the strikeout to end the game, but the umpire disagreed. The next pitch landed in the grass beyond the wall for a solo home run and tied the game up. The next hitter flew out to center to end the game in a 3-3 tie. You can see the entire box score for the game here.