Tonight the Cincinnati Reds will host the Arizona Diamondbacks at 8:05pm ET. The game will be on Fox Sports Ohio and the radio broadcast will be on 700 WLW. Tonight’s game is scheduled for 8 innings.
Reds (1-3-1) and D’backs (2-3) Lineups
|1||Kyle Farmer||SS||Josh Rojas||SS|
|2||Nick Castellanos||RF||Asdrúbal Cabrera||3B|
|3||Nick Senzel||CF||Carson Kelly||DH|
|4||Aristides Aquino||LF||Christian Walker||1B|
|5||Tyler Stephenson||C||Josh VanMeter||2B|
|6||Dee Strange-Gordon||DH||Andy Young||LF|
|7||Jonathan India||2B||Daulton Varsho||C|
|8||Alfredo Rodriguez||3B||Stuart Fairchild||CF|
|9||Cheslor Cuthbert||1B||Pavin Smith||RF|
|10||José De León||SP||Seth Frankoff||SP|
Reserve players on today’s Reds roster:
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 also be available to view on Fox Sports Ohio in the first of four scheduled games they will air this spring.
Reds links and news
Nick Castellanos is back!
Earlier this week Nick Castellanos was scratched from the lineup after having a sore middle finger on his right hand. He’s missed the last three games because of it, but he’s back in there tonight.
Josh Osich is getting back his velocity
Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer notes that Josh Osich, who saw his velocity dip in the 2020 season, is starting to see things tick back up – with the lefty throwing 93-95 in his last outing.
The pitching prospects impressed on Thursday
While the start went to Sonny Gray on Thursday night, the Reds relievers were mostly of the prospect variety and many of them had strong showings. Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com I wrote about their outings and got into a little more detail with both Ryan Hendrix and Dauri Moreta.
Final: D’backs 5 – Reds 3
If it weren’t for Josh Rojas hitting two home runs and driving in five, the Reds would have won the game. But those things happened and the Reds lost. But we’re going to argue that Arizona took the cowards way out by rolling the bottom of the 9th inning with the bases loaded and just one out.
The pitching staff combined for eleventy-billion strikeouts in the game. Ok, that’s a slight exaggeration, but they did have 16 of them as a team. José De León had four strikeouts, and one bad pitch to Josh Rojas led to two earned runs. Matt Pidich struck out the only batter he faced in the game. Cam Bedrosian and Braden Shipley both struck out the side in their inning of work. Hector Pérez struck out two batters in his perfect 8th inning. Jesse Biddle came out for the 9th inning, which wasn’t originally scheduled to be played, and picked up the final two strikeouts of the night for the pitching staff in a shutout inning.
At the plate it was a good night for Nick Senzel, who went 2-3 with a double and a solo home run. Jonathan India hit an absolute laser beam opposite field home run, going 1-2 on the day.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) March 6, 2021
Tyler Stephenson got the start at catcher on the night and went 1-2 with a walk and a run scored. Alfredo Rodriguez started at third base and played the entire game, going 2-4. Cheslor Cuthbert started at first and he too played the entire game, going 1-4. Dwight Smith Jr. came on late to replace Aristides Aquino and went 1-2.
You can see the entire box score for the game here.
The Next Game
There is no officially scheduled game for Saturday. The Reds do have a “B-Game” set for Saturday that will feature Wade Miley and Tyler Mahle before handing things over to the minor leaguers who will be playing a few innings beyond the work done by the big leaguers. The Reds will return to the field on Sunday afternoon at 3:05pm ET.