The Cincy Ballers defeated Fred’s Reds 5-1 in the opening game of the Cincinnati Reds Summer Series on Friday night to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series over the weekend. If you missed it, two coaches drafted teams from the 60-man player pool to stage a series this weekend, with the winning team getting an off-day on Monday before welcoming in the Detroit Tigers for two scrimmages on Tuesday and Wednesday before Opening Day on Friday.

Today the two teams will get back to it at 6:10pm ET. There are six players scheduled to pitch in the game this evening: Anthony DeSclafani, Lucas Sims, Amir Garrett, Nate Jones, Justin Shafer, and Robert Stephenson.

Tonight is also scheduled to be the first scrimmage game that will feature broadcasters. It was a few days ago that the Reds began to pipe in the “crowd” noise during the game and broadcasts, but we still haven’t had any field-level audio or anyone from the booth. Once those things get in I think things will start to sound more normal, even if there is fake crowd noise.

Watch Live

Chris Welsh is on the call for the game tonight. You can watch the game below, just hit the play button. It is also available on if you want to check it out there. The game is also available at this link over at

The Lineups

Fred’s Reds

Cincy Ballers

Shogo Akiyama – CF Josh VanMeter – DH
Joey Votto – 1B Christian Colon – 3B
Eugenio Suarez – 3B Mike Moustakas – 2B
Jesse Winker – DH Matt Davidson – 1B
Phillip Ervin – LF Nick Senzel – CF
Freddy Galvis – SS Tucker Barnhart – C
Aristides Aquino – RF Kyle Farmer – SS
Alex Blandino – 2B Mark Payton – LF
Francisco Pena – C Boog Powell – RF
Lucas Sims – P Anthony DeSclafani – P

Cincinnati Reds News and Notes

Nick Castellanos “is fine”, but won’t play today

After being hit in the back by a Tyler Mahle fastball on Friday night and exiting the game, David Bell said that Nick Castellanos is fine, but that he was a little sore and was getting the day off today, but was expected to play tomorrow.

Reds made six cuts on Friday

In case you missed it, the Cincinnati Reds made six cuts on Friday, sending Aristides Aquino, Jose Garcia, Matt Bowman, Joel Kuhnel, Justin Shafer, and Tyler Thornburg to the “alternate site” roster. All of those players, except Tyler Thornburg, are on the “Summer Series” rosters for one of the two teams and will still be playing, but they won’t be making the opening day roster unless there’s an injury that opens up a spot for them at this point.

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16 Responses

  1. vegastypo

    It’s nice to have announcers again. Or at least one. Welsh tonight. Should I assume he is at the park?

      • Tomn

        The white noise was amusing at first but became annoying over time. Good to have Chris Welsh back but better to have some banter with someone else along.

  2. Don

    fake crown noise is not as annoying today with Chris Welsh commentary.

    Seems to be quieter.

    I like being able to hear the PA announcer.

  3. vegastypo


    Never saw THAT play before. Catcher’s throw to a base hits the batter’s bat ???

    • Mike Z

      It happened in the Joey Bats bat flip playoff game.

      • Sliotar

        Nice recall.

        That game … that one inning … of Rangers-Blue Jays is a must watch for me every winter, during the doldrums of the off-season.

        Pure craziness.

  4. vegastypo

    OK, so here is a hypothetical question: If the Reds want to add Bowman to the 40-man roster, and then maybe they see a player cut by another team whom they also want to add, who on the current 40-man are the most vulnerable? Schebler? Blandino?

    • Doug Gray

      I’d think Schebler given the outfield depth and the fact that he’s out of options, too.

  5. Sliotar

    Has Welsh done radio before?

    He could carry the whole broadcast by himself. Doing a great job tonight … not allowing dead air, mixing facts and opinions.

    Reminding me of Duane Kuiper … who does TV for Giants in innings 1-3 and 7th inning on … but does radio by himself in innings 4 through 6 and does not miss a beat.

  6. Sliotar

    IF he can stay in the lineup every day … IMO, Senzel has a “straw that stirs the drink” factor about about him.

    (With respect to the original “straw” … Reggie Jackson).

  7. DocProc

    I’m impressed with Shogo’s wheels.

  8. DaveCT

    Saturday afternoon baseball. Life, it’s good.

    It might be me, but this team seems really hungry.

  9. Doug Gray

    Calling this one an inning earlier than planned.

    The Cincy Ballers win 4-3 and the series 2-0, but they’ll still play the third game tomorrow at 1:10pmET.

    The Cincy Ballers will get their off-day on Monday.