Tonight will have the Cincinnati Reds hitting the road to take on the Texas Rangers. First pitch is scheduled for 9:05pm ET. Radio broadcast only for the game tonight.

Reds (5-11-1) and Rangers (8-5-3) Lineups

Reds Rangers
1 Nick Senzel CF Leody Taveras CF
2 Jesse Winker LF Eli White RF
3 Dee Strange-Gordon 3B Nate Lowe 1B
4 Kyle Farmer SS Khris Davis DH
5 Jonathan India 2B Brock Holt 3B
6 Tyler Naquin RF Andy Ibáñez 2B
7 Tyler Stephenson C Charlie Culberson SS
8 Nicky Delmonico 1B Delino DeShields LF
9 Jeff Hoffman SP Drew Butera C
10 NO REDS DH Mike Foltynewicz SP

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster:

Pitchers Infielders
Brandon Finnegan Alex Blandino
Riley O’Brien Cheslor Cuthbert
Noé Ramirez Mike Freeman
Edgar García Kyle Holder
Dauri Moreta Alejo Lopez
Matt Pidich Alfredo Rodriguez
Bo Takahashi Outfielders
Catchers Aristides Aquino
Deivy Grullón TJ Friedl
Mark Kolozsvary Scott Heineman
Mark Payton
Dwight Smith Jr.

Where to watch/listen/follow the game

The game will be live on the Reds on Radio Network. The broadcast will be on 700 WLW AM. There is no television broadcast.

Reds links and news

Ed Armbrister passes away

Baseball Prospectus celebrates Reds day

It is Cincinnati Reds day over at Baseball Prospectus. Rob Mains has up the Season Preview for the Reds. Patrick Dubuque has up PECOTA Hates Your Team: The Cincinnati Reds, too. Both article do require a subscription to Baseball Prospectus to read.

Amir Garrett to pitch on Saturday

Final: Rangers 12 – Reds 9

Well, things were strange on Thursday night as the Reds jumped out to a 6-2 lead, and led 9-5 at one point, but the Rangers dropped six runs in the bottom of the 6th and didn’t look back.

The Highlights

The Reds got home runs from Tyler Naquin – who went 2-3 with a walk and a triple to go with his homer – and Jonathan India – who went 2-4. Nick Senzel went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored. Jesse Winker went 1-3 with a triple, walk, run, and he had two runs batted in. Dee Strange-Gordon went 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Kyle Farmer went 1-4 with a run. Tyler Stephenson went 1-3 with a walk and three runs driven in. Nicky Delmonico went 2-3 with a double, walk, and a run scored. Mark Payton took over in center late in the game and went 1-2. Mike Freeman took over at second base late in the game and went 1-1.

Jeff Hoffman was solid until the 5th inning when he was charged with three earned runs, pushing his total on the day to five in 4.1 innings with a walk and four strikeouts. Noé Ramirez didn’t get help from the defense, but he also didn’t help himself as he allowed two hits, three walks, and a home run in an inning of work that saw him charged with an earned run and then five additional unearned runs. Control wasn’t just an issue for Ramirez, as Brandon Finnegan followed with three walks an an unearned run in 0.2 innings. Edgar García pitched a hitless 8th inning with two strikeouts.

You can see the entire box score for the game right here.

Tomorrow’s Game

Nick Lodolo will start for the Reds at 10:05pm ET on the road against the San Francisco Giants. Radio only broadcast.

30 Responses

  1. Tomn

    Reds choose not to use a DH tonight. That’s weird. Why not?

    • MuddyCleats

      I can see keeping the DH for those who would be coming off the bench to PH, but I’d sure like to see Stephenson get some additional ABs. Kid needs some time at 1st too

  2. RedsGettingBetter

    Let pitchers get some ABs starting tonight…. Watch Finnegan out

  3. Roger Garrett

    I would think with Strange hitting 3rd and Farmer in the clean up spot along with the pitcher hitting we may struggle to score.After the first two reach in the first and we don’t score its probably a good bet we won’t.However Naquin leads off the second with a homer so we may score 10 or more.Baseball is just so fun because well you never know what may happen on any given day.Go Reds

  4. Roger Garrett

    Right on cue.Wink knocks in 2 with a triple and Strange knocks him in with a single.I am ready to open the season now let me call them out so they can shut me up. Good guys up 4-0

  5. Roger Garrett

    India with a homer.Going to be really hard to send this guy down.Guy looks like he belongs and playing like it

    • RojoBenjy

      Nothing is too hard for the Reds LOL

      • Roger Garrett

        Your right and looking ahead and dreaming some we could see a break out year from Senzel,Stephensen steps up,Garcia arrives late this year or next,Wink does what he does and thats hit and get on base plus India and thats 5 starters who still are in their 20’s that make up the core in 2022 and 2023.Trade some of our surplus pitching to fill in some holes with younger guys and we may have something.Its time to look to the future.

  6. Frankie Tomatoes

    Reds brought their bats to the field again tonight. Two in a row of guys crushing the opposition!

  7. RedsMonk65

    One way or another, Jonathan India makes this team. He’s earned it. He’s ready.

    • RojoBenjy

      Will they play the service time game with him?

  8. Frankie Tomatoes

    Sad to hear about Ed Armbrister. I barely remember him as a player from my youth but you never want to hear of people passing.

    • Stock

      Ed Armbrister may be the only player in baseball history whose claim to fame is a bunt.

      • Doug Gray

        Norris Hopper would like a word as the king of the bunt.

      • greenmtred

        Well, the bunt and the whining from Sox fans that persists to this day. To my eye, Armbrister stayed on the base path, so Fisk should have stepped to one side to throw instead of complaining about interference.

    • Greenfield Red

      There was a short segment on 700 WLW Sportstalk about players who are most noted for a single play. Bill Buckner comes to mind. Pete/Ray Fosse does too. Ed Armbrister does for that bunt.

      My favorite happened in 1908. Promising rookie Fred Merkle of the New York Giants was the culprit. They were playing the Cubs that day, and the winner went on to the World Series. Merkle came to the plate in the 9th inning of a tie game with two outs and a runner on 1st. He lined a clean single putting runners on 1st and 2nd. What happened next defined his career even though like Buckner, he had a very good career.

      The next hitter lined a clean hit to the outfield allowing the runner on 2nd to easily score to win the game and send the Giants to the Series. But, there was one problem. In the excitement of winning the game and knowing the crowd would rush the field as they did in those days, Merkle pulled up 5 feet short of 2nd base to run to the dug out to celebrate with his team. By not touching the base, he left the force out in place. 20 minutes later an observant Cub player stood on 2nd base with the ball causing Merkle to be called out and the run to not count. At that point the game had to be called for darkness. The next day, the Cubs were able to send their ace, Three Fingers Brown, to the mound, and the rest is history.

      And, no, I’m not a Cub fan at all. I just love that story.

  9. west larry

    India has earned a spot on this team. Too bad we can’t pay Votto not to play. Or can we?

    • Doug Gray

      Can, but won’t. Also, why would you want him to not play? He’s never once been a below-league average hitter. He isn’t the hitter he used to be, but can we not pretend he hits like Billy Hamilton?

      • Roger Garrett

        I agree Doug and I might add we gave Billy 5 or 6 years to prove he couldn’t so Votto gets all the time he wants to prove he can’t.I wish all of our players could hit like he does and right now.

    • Jack

      Don’t let facts get in the way of your opinions. Did you create this account just to spout some hate?

      • west larry

        I don’t hate Votto. I just think he is well past his prime, but we’ll keep starting him because he makes so much money. I think next year will be better because we should have the d h and we can let him d h most of the year.

  10. Jack

    India is making me more excited about a Red’s position rookie like I haven’t been since…well Senzel. Speaking of Senzel he is quietly having an excellent spring as well. Maybe not having the spotlight on him and some good health will finally allow the breakout we’ve all been expecting.

    • Roger Garrett

      Good observation Jack and I believe you are right.Guy just needs to be healthy and play every day with some rest from time to time.No platoon for Senzel please just a day off here and there.