The Cincinnati Reds will hit the road this afternoon as they face off against the Chicago White Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05pm ET. Radio broadcast and free internet tv broadcast via WhiteSox.com.

Reds (6-16-1) and White Sox (8-11-5) Lineups

Reds White Sox
1 Jesse Winker LF Leury Garcia 3B
2 Nick Senzel CF Adam Eaton RF
3 Tyler Stephenson C Andrew Vaughn 1B
4 Kyle Farmer 3B Nick Williams LF
5 Jonathan India 2B Yermin Mercedes DH
6 Mark Payton RF Zack Collins C
7 Nicky Delmonico 1B Nick Madrigal 2B
8 Kyle Holder SS Billy Hamilton CF
9 José De León SP Danny Mendick SS
10 No DH Dylan Cease SP

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster:

Pitchers Infielders
Jesse Biddle Mike Freeman
Carson Fulmer Alfredo Rodriguez
Art Warren Outfielders
Ryan Hendrix TJ Friedl
Hector Perez Scott Heineman
Matt Pidich
Catchers
Deivy Grullon
Chris Okey

Where to watch/listen/follow the game

The game will be live on the Reds on Radio Network. The broadcast will be on 1360 WSAI AM. You can watch the game for free via WhiteSox.com.

Reds links and news

Max Schrock scratched from the lineup

First base was originally set to go to Max Schrock today, but he was scratched from the lineup and replaced by Nicky Delmonico.

The Day the Cincinnati Reds Defense Died

This morning Richard Fitch wrote about the defense, both past and present here on the digital pages of Redleg Nation. If you missed it you should be sure to check it out.

Sonny Gray and Shogo Akiyama to travel to Cincinnati

There was some question about whether Gray and Akiyama would remain in Arizona or head back to Cincinnati when camp broke. How things made the most sense wasn’t quite known because teams hadn’t been given the full details of the protocols yet. Today manager David Bell noted that the two players would come to Cincinnati, and that with Louisville serving as the Alternate Site in April, it could allow them to still get their work in when needed, and play in games or game-like situations to get ready to return.

Final: White Sox 9 – Reds 4

It wasn’t a good day for some of the pitching as the Reds dropped their 17th game of the spring.

The Highlights

José De León was cruising along until the 4th inning when he loaded the bases with two outs before being removed for Matt Pidich, who then allowed all three runs to score. De León came back out for the 5th inning, because this is spring training and that’s a rule this year, and things didn’t get better as he allowed three more runs before giving way to Hector Perez, who allowed a run of his own that made it 9-1. De León struck out 7 batters in 4.0 innings pitched while being charged with 7 earned runs. After that the bullpen got the job done. Art Warren walked two batters in his inning, but allowed no hits or runs. Carson Fulmer made his spring debut with a perfect inning that included a strikeout. Jesse Biddle threw a perfect 8th inning with a strikeout.

Kyle Farmer went 1-2 with 2 walks and a run scored. Jonathan India went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored. Nicky Delmonico went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI. Kyle Holder went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Tyler Stephenson went 1-5, playing the entire game behind the plate. Cheslor Cuthbert got a pinch hitting appearance in the 7th inning and took advantage of it, clubbing a 2-run homer.

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

Tomorrow’s Game

The Reds will hit the road to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at 4:10pm ET. Radio only broadcast.

28 Responses

  1. MBS

    Will someone let the announcer know it’s Winker not Winkler.

  2. Sliotar

    Billy Hamilton grimacing over a called strike three.

    Some things never change,

    #Havoc

    • J

      Well, yes, but not necessarily in a good way. He got lucky with a couple guys swinging at ball four, then eventually not so lucky.

  3. Roger Garrett

    WOW soon to be 6-17 in games that don’t count.

    • TR

      Here’s hoping the Red’s spring training record will evolve into an above .500 record by the end of May.

  4. Jimbo44CN

    After Pidich this game became painful to watch. I think Billy is going to make the White Sox. Good for him.

    • DataDumpster

      Billy scored 2 runs, stole 2 bases, and made at least one sparkling play in the field. We badly need a player with his speed, hustle and baserunning skills to bring some balance and excitement to this team. Even though he only got one hit, he provided more effort for his team than the entirety of the Reds.
      I hear that it will be all different when the games that count start, but why would I believe that, analytics and correlation coefficients? No, the management and makeup of the team remain largely unchanged.

  5. Jim

    What I have seen so far in spring training of the Reds, I Don’t Like !!
    Winners don’t like to lose , even in practice.
    Where are the Winners on the Reds???
    Let’s get our butts in gear!

    • Frankie Tomatoes

      There are still 44 players in camp. 18 of them will not be on the Reds roster in a week.

    • Tomn

      All the Reds”relievers” seem to be AA or AAA at best. Not impressive for the most part. DeLeon hasn’t pitched in the majors yet, I don’t think. Best not to look to Louisville for much help this year. I really think we need another couple of arms. I think letting Iglesias and Bradley go was a very bad idea. Hurt our bullpen depth and experienc.

    • Damon

      I’m with you. Losing has become a habit and a pattern with this team. They seem to keep finding ways to lose games. Even when they have a lead.

      • Tom

        IF I were the Reds, David Bell would be on a very, very short leash once the season begins. There is a history of the Reds not starting well under Bell. They just don’t prepare well during spring training.

      • Roger Garrett

        Its expected and accepted.The losing I mean.Hard to imagine they can just flip the switch and start winning.They must think its possible because they only had 3 starters out there today.I feel we should be playing our best every game or for at least 3 at bats.Worry about rest and days off later.I would imagine with COVID still in play are team and others will get plenty of rest at some point anyway.Frankie mentioned 18 players won’t be here next week and he’s right but we need to pretend if we have to they are not here right now.Could be a silver lining though if we get buried in the standings early.Changes might be made in the dugout and on the field.Yeah I know.

      • Cubano

        Roger- I agree completely. If we’re going to stink, let’s stink bad enough for the front office to clean up. No idea what value there will be in some of these contracts- but hopefully the team can extract value before it’s too late and build for next year without dragging us through another massive rebuild… the article earlier today about defense was too accurate, especially re: shoehorning players into new positions at the expense of their comfort and confidence. Bah. Sure be fun to watch a full season of good baseball…

  6. Redsvol

    It will be an interesting start to the year for sure. 2 of our best pitchers – Sonny & Antone – will be out or limited for a good part of April. It will be interesting to see whether the offensive potential can outweigh the defensive limitations of the starters. India and Senzel bring some upside but the majority of the lineup is slower than average. I think for this reason we have to keep Aquino until Shogo gets back. This team seriously lacks speed.
    The first 6 weeks schedule seems favorable on paper. Most of the teams are not expected to compete for a playoff spot. Therefore it will be important to get some series wins in April and May. Let the big 162 begin.

  7. Matt WI

    Well for all of you saying the Reds needs to try harder in Spring Training, here’s what White Sox GM says about Eloy Jimenez tearing his pectoral muscle: Was it the right decision to go for that ball, especially when put in the context of Spring Training? Perhaps not,” Hahn said. “But fundamentally you like the fact he was trying to make a play.

    “At some point in the much distant future, we’ll talk to him and talk through a plan about perhaps making some better decisions or what we are expecting of him going forward from a defensive standpoint.
    Basically… hustle is great and all that, but for the love of all things these games don’t mean anything.

    • Sliotar

      @Matt WI

      Good grief.

      IMO, this is the kind of nitpicky, pedantic response that RLN had back when Dotson owned it and Mancuso was being editor, monitoring … or whatever he was doing to belittle posters’ comments on a regular basis.

      Please, let’s not go back to those days.

      Random things happen in life every day … MLB Spring Training is no exception, such as this week:

      -JD Martinez sitting out from bad sushi
      -Robbie Ray fell down stairs, missing a start

      Discouraging hustling and working on timing … in pre-season … that would be a very MLB-type of thing. More Fan Friendly stuff, while charging for ST tickets.

      Bad injury for Jimenez and White Sox … but using it to knock anyone here concerned about the Reds’ ragged (at best) look this month … that’s no bueno, IMO.

      • Matt WI

        Whoa. First of all, I’m in 100% agreement that random things happen and it’s a terrible break for the Sox, who look legit this year. And you’ll never, ever see a post from me ragging on Senzel or anyone for getting injured.

        My post was to provide some perspective on the handwringing and accusations of “not caring” and lack of hustle in general during Spring. I’ve seen posts actually saying some of the injuries are because they aren’t working hard enough out there….

        It’s not unreasonable to point out a league exec being clear expectations are different right now. And that’s a team that thinks it will really have a chance to win and spent a lot to make it possible. The injury itself is irrelevant and a shame, I don’t want to be misunderstood on that point so I wish I had been clearer… the point is even front offices aren’t always expecting polish out there and teams are behaving accordingly to those expectations.

        So, I can see where I could have softened the start and for that I apologize. But this site is also where most of us come not to have baseball reduced to one liners about the guys not caring enough out there.

        I loved this site when Chad and Steve ran it, and like it when people use information, quotes, and stats to illustrate their ideas… I am not trolling for the fun of it, I called no names. I honestly can’t understand some of the attributions that are made about players based on perceptions of “trying enough” right now. I rarely feel anyone can make such a statement knowingly even during the season. My default belief is that most players care more than we think, and it may not show up according to what one believes that ought to look like.

  8. Jack

    Yawn, can’t wait till we see more of the pitchers that will actually be on the team. Disappointing results from De Leon this spring. Same electric stuff as always, same bad location

  9. Doc

    Royals are 14-7 this spring. I wonder how many who quote the Reds’ record as a negative are laying down cash at the window on the Royals winning their division.

  10. GreatRedLegsFan

    I’m still wondering who’ll make the starting rotation, aside from Castillo? Looking at the ST stats and health issues nobody else seems fit to.

    • Doug Gray

      Castillo, Mahle, and Miley are in it to start the year. Lorenzen’s going to be in when he’s ready, same for Gray. That’s your rotation when everyone is healthy. Until the latter two are healthy it seems like you’re probably going to have Hoffman in there. Perhaps De Leon if Lorenzen isn’t ready to make that first start of the year.

  11. NYRedsfan

    I’m not reading too much into the W/L record this spring with the rule changes that were put in. Reds used and were hurt by the roll an inning rule this spring. Happened on a few occasions. I know they were put in to help save pitchers for the spring but also impacted potential results of games. Stopping big innings from happening both for and against the Reds.

    • Damon

      That’s true. There were at least 2 games where the Reds had runners in scoring position that got rolled.

  12. Roger Garrett

    Let me join in this morning.The Reds have been for many many years a losing team.Its been brought up by some of the writers of this site,who do a great job by the way,that they may need to learn how to win which some of us agree to.I don’t much care if we lose when a player that will not be on the roster messes up and don’t much care if that player does something that wins the game.What I do care about right now and from here on out is seeing our starters,don’t much care about seeing the pitchers,get ready and show that they are ready.Wins or losses mean nothing in the spring for good teams that have a culture of winning and have really good players.That is not who we are we.We have a losing culture and some good players and I don’t think you can move on from that to you move on from that and win games.I don’t believe any player likes to lose but I do believe a player can get use to it and like I said expect to lose and accept it. At some point the Reds must move on from losing and somebody in leadership must step up and make it happen.We need a bunch of Bauers everywhere in this organization.He refused to lose and called people out who appeared to think it was ok.I don’t care when it starts I just want the Reds to start winning.