Tonight will have the Cincinnati Reds hitting the road to take on the San Francisco Giants. First pitch is scheduled for 10:05pm ET. Radio broadcast only for the game tonight.

Reds (5-12-1) and Giants (7-8-3) Lineups

Reds Giants
1 Nick Senzel CF Austin Slater CF
2 Jesse Winker LF LaMonte Wade Jr. RF
3 Nick Castellanos RF Alex Dickerson LF
4 Eugenio Suárez SS Darin Ruf DH
5 Mike Moustakas 3B Brandon Crawford SS
6 Jonathan India 2B Mauricio Dubon 2B
7 Tucker Barnhart C Joe McCarthy 1B
8 Kyle Farmer 1B Chadwick Tromp C
9 Max Schrock DH Will Wilson 3B
10 Nick Lodolo SP Aaron Sanchez SP

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster:

Pitchers Infielders
Cam Bedrosian Alex Blandino
Jesse Biddle Cheslor Cuthbert
Sean Doolittle Nicky Delmonico
Josh Osich Mike Freeman
Sal Romano Jose Garcia
Tony Santillan Outfielders
Braden Shipley TJ Friedl
Shane Carle Scott Heineman
Dauri Moreta Mark Payton
Reiver Sanmartin Dwight Smith Jr.
Chris Okey
Tyler Stephenson

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

Tejay Antone to throw off the mound tomorrow

According to the Cincinnati Reds Game Notes today, Tejay Antone is scheduled to pitch off of the mound tomorrow. It doesn’t specify a game, so it may be just a bullpen session. Antone left his start on Sunday with a groin strain between the 3rd and 4th innings.

Amir Garrett pitching in Saturday’s game

Thursday in his press conference with the media, Amir Garrett said he would pitch in a “B” game on Saturday. But in the game notes on Friday the lefty reliever was listed as scheduled to pitch in the game against the Brewers on Saturday night.

Luis Castillo named Opening Day Starter

In a shock to absolutely no one now that we know Sonny Gray is going to miss the first week of the season, the Cincinnati Reds named Luis Castillo as the Opening Day starter.

Final: Reds 6 – Giants 2

Cincinnati picked up win number six on the spring by scoring six runs against the Giants and getting a strong effort from most of the pitchers

The Highlights

Nick Lodolo got the start and allowed a run on two hits in an inning of work with a strikeout. Sean Doolittle followed him on the night and had the kind of outing he needed, throwing just five pitches in a perfect inning of work. Jesse Biddle came out for the third inning and needed a few more pitches as he struck out the side in a shutout inning of work. Up next it was Cam Bedrosian and he tossed a hitless inning with a walk and two strikeouts. Braden Shipley took over for the 5th and he tossed a perfect frame with two strikeouts. Sal Romano struck out the side while working around a single in the 6th. Josh Osich tossed a perfect 7th inning with a strikeout. In the 8th inning we saw Tony Santillan walk two and strike out two in a hitless inning. Shane Carle ran into some trouble in the final inning, but allowed just one run on three hits while picking up a strikeout.

The starters hit well on the night. Nick Senzel went 2-3 with a walk, double, RBI, a steal, and he scored two runs. Jesse Winker went 2-3 with a walk, run, and an RBI. Nick Castellanos went 1-3 with an RBI. Eugenio Suárez went 1-3 with a double, was hit by a pitch, and had an RBI. Mike Moustakas went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI. Max Schrock returned to the lineup and picked up where he left off, going 1-1 with a walk, was hit by a pitch, stole home and scored two runs. Among the replacement players, only Mike Freeman reached base – he was hit by a pitch.

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

Tomorrow’s Game

José De León will take the mound for Cincinnati on Saturday night at 9:05pm ET as the Reds host the Milwaukee Brewers. Radio only broadcast.

20 Responses

  1. LDS

    Should be interesting. The first 8 look like a good guess for opening day.

  2. Frankie Tomatoes

    Lets hope Doolittle does more than little tonight. He needs it. Wish more games were on tv. Basketball is fun but I would rather watch spring training baseball.

    • Frankie Tomatoes

      A 5 pitch 1,2,3 inning qualifies as doing more than little. Good to see.

      • Greenfield Red

        What’s funny, by doing so little (5 pitches), he actually did a lot.

  3. Rednat

    If my memory serves me correctly this is the second steal of home this spring? I always have felt Bell wants to open up the playbook a little more but for whatever reason has been very conservative with the play calling. Here is to hoping this year is different

  4. Frank

    good to see schrock back in the field. he is a gritty player, good be a good utility guy for. not much power, but he can hit.

    • GreatRedLegsFan

      Kind of a good problem to have, assuming everybody is healthy: Votto, Suarez, Moustakas, India, Blandino, Schrock, Farmer, Heineman & Delmonico. Nine players for six spots, and that’s excluding Gordon, Holder, Cuthbert & Freeman already.

    • TR

      Schrock could be a key to a trade with the Cardinals since they’re a team known to value grit.

  5. 3rdbaseTom

    Moustakas is having a dismal spring at the bat. Is he showing his age and on the decline? The few times seen on TV, his bat seems pretty slow.

    • Roger Garrett

      We know the money and length of his contract and am glad for him he got it.Its just hard to believe he isn’t on the decline.I mean there are exceptions of course but he is now 32 and that usually means his best is behind him.The Reds don’t need his best years just a league average year and I think he can do that.What they don’t need is for him to fall and fall hard.Moose missed a lot of time last year I recall so the key will be can he remain healthy.We know the future of this team is in the hands of Senzel,Wink,India,Garcia and others but Moose can help out and I believe he will.

      • Tomn

        If he starts falling, put India or Blandino in. I thought Moose started to come on the last few weeks last year. Maybe he’s a slow starter.

    • abrams

      Tom, Moustakas has a weird approach. He always swings rather weirdly. Awkward hitter, for sure. Expecting .260/.300/.450 from him this year, maybe 20 HR 65 RBI. Not worth the $ but a solid big league player, and odds are the worst fielder statline other than catcher.

      • Roger Garrett

        I am in if India gets to play second base and on a regular basis. David Bell please please do not throw him under the bus if he starts slow.Give him a legit shot at the job.I said it before and I will say again when I wanted Garcia at short,what India does is not going to make or break the Reds season so let him play.

  6. Roger Garrett

    I agree and believe it will happen.

  7. MBS

    I hope he does well, but you can’t call it a bounce back, since he’s never performed for a season. It could be a break out season. My bounce back guy is Suarez, he’s pumped to be playing short.

  8. Mark Moore

    Seeing Geno now having multiple games at SS, I’m thinking Bell is heading rapidly toward this being the regular line-up. Votto obviously comes back and plays, but overall, I’m not completely unhappy, especially if we see India perform and handle 2B well.

  9. Mark

    Doug, you may have an answer on this for me…any reason Lodolo going only one inning? I would think for a projected starter, would be stretched out further. Thanks in advance.

    • Doug Gray

      I don’t really have an official answer. I can speculate, though. First, I too was surprised he only threw 1 innings. That was planned, though – we just didn’t know that was the plan going into the game (the team did).

      As for why, here’s my pure speculation: Lodolo isn’t being counted on to be ready to be a starting pitcher on April 1st, or really, April 8th. Right now, not counting Sonny Gray or Tejay Antone, the Reds still have 6 starting pitchers ready to go – Castillo, Mahle, Miley, Lorenzen,Hoffman, De Leon. The first time Lodolo’s likely going to be asked to really stretch things out will be May 4th when the minor league season starts, so they are probably not stretching him out quite as much yet as they are guys who they believe would reasonably be expected to start in April.

      So toss that in, and the fact that they are still trying to get a look at a lot of the bullpen arms, getting Lodolo just one inning let them see 8 other bullpen guys. It makes some sense from that perspective.