Joey Votto is back in the lineup this afternoon as the Cincinnati Reds hit the road to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10pm ET. Radio broadcast only.
Reds (6-17-1) and Dbacks (8-12-5) Lineups
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. The broadcast will be on 1360 WSAI AM.
Reds links and news
Mike Bell passes away
Manager David Bell was out of camp today. At first there was no reason given. But just a few minutes after the Reds game began on Friday the Minnesota Twins announced that Mike Bell, their bench coach and the brother of David Bell has passed away at age 46 from cancer.
Dee Strange-Gordon released
Prior to the game today the Cincinnati Reds made four roster moves. Three players were sent to minor league camp, and then there was the announcement that Dee Strange-Gordon was released. He was hitting .288/.361/.313 this spring with four walks and five strikeouts.
Michael Lorenzen’s new curveball has him feeling confident
Last night we wrote about how a bullpen adjustment that was suggested by Derek Johnson gave Michael Lorenzen’s curveball a different look. Lorenzen’s curveball has been one of the better ones in baseball the last few years when he did throw it, but he’s feeling even better about this new version.
Can Carson Fulmer reach his potential?
Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about recent Reds waiver wire pick up Carson Fulmer and whether or not he can reach his potential that led to him being the 8th overall pick in the 2015 draft. Fulmer has been waived and picked up five times in the last year. Last night he made his spring debut with the Reds, throwing a perfect inning with a strikeout. Between his stop with the Pirates and now with the Reds he’s struck out five batters without a walk in 5.0 innings while giving up two runs.
Sonny Gray threw a simulated game today
Sonny Gray said "today was a great day and I feel good moving forward." He threw about 30 pitches in a simulated game today. #Reds
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) March 26, 2021
Final: Reds 7 – Dbacks 3
The Reds won their first game of the last week on Friday evening thanks to some quality pitching and a good showing of power on offense.
The pitching was working early and often. Wade Miley allowed a solo home run in the 3rd inning. That was the only damage he allowed in 4.0 innings that saw him walk one and strike out three. Amir Garrett followed by striking out all three hitters he faced for the third consecutive time out. Lucas Sims came out for the 6th inning and struck out two batters in a shutout inning of work. Braden Shiply ran into trouble in the 7th when he allowed a 2-run homer, but picked up two strikeouts in the inning. He returned for the 8th and recorded two outs before giving way to Edgar García who came on for the final out of the frame. Josh Osich came out for the 9th inning and struck out three batters around a single to finish the game.
Joey Votto’s return to the lineup saw him go 0-2 with a walk and a run. Jesse Winker went 2-4 with a 450 foot home run (Salt River Fields has ball tracking!). Tucker Barnhart went 1-4. Alex Blandino went 2-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and two RBI. Tyler Naquin went 1-3 with 2 RBI. Jonathan India went 1-3 with a walk, double, steal, and a run scored. Mike Freeman went 1-1 as a late inning pinch hitter.
You can see the entire box score for the game right here.
Night game against the Chicago Cubs at 9:05pm ET. Radio broadcast only.