Tonight the Cincinnati Reds will host the Oakland Athletics at 9:05pm ET. The Reds will be looking for their first win of the spring. The contest tonight is a radio only broadcast.

Athletics (1-0) and Reds (0-1) Lineups

Athletics Reds
1 Cristian Pache CF Tyler Naquin RF
2 Vimael Machin SS Mike Moustakas 3B
3 Austin Allen C Shogo Akiyama CF
4 Dermis Garcia 1B Jake Fraley LF
5 Skye Bolt RF Max Schrock 2B
6 Drew Jackson LF Jake Bauers 1B
7 Tyler Soderstrom DH TJ Friedl DH
8 Jordan Diaz 3B Aramis Garcia C
9 Nick Allen 2B Matt McLain SS
10 Sean Manaea SP Tyler Mahle SP

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster:

Pitchers Infielders
Zack Godley Miguel Hernandez
Ben Lively Alejo Lopez
Randy Wynne Alex McGarry
Jared Solomon Cristian Santana
Trey Wingenter Gus Steiger
Pedro Garcia Robbie Tenerowicz
Nick Green Outfielders
Pedro Payano Trey Amburgey
Catchers Lorenzo Cedrola
Chris Okey Allan Cerda
Chuckie Robinson Isiah Gilliam

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. This is a radio only game.

Reds links and news

Reds sign reliever Kyle Zimmer

The Reds have apparently signed reliever Kyle Zimmer. The move has not been officially announced yet, but Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported this afternoon that he had a locker in the clubhouse and C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reported that he was assigned #50. Seems pretty official to us.

Jose Barrero has a sort left wrist

The shortstop has a sore wrist and will be evaluated over the next few days.

Reds invite Miguel Hernandez to big league camp

With Barrero and Juniel Querecuto both out with injuries right now, the Reds are short on shortstops in big league camp. On Saturday afternoon they took a step towards alleviating that by bringing Miguel Hernandez up from minor league camp as a non-roster invitee.

Nick Castellanos signs with Philadelphia

After a brief glimmer of hope that the Cincinnati Reds were once again looking into bringing back outfielder Nick Castellanos, those hopes were dashed 12 hours later when he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. If there is any sort of parting gift, though, the Reds do pick up an additional 1st round draft pick with the signing.

Game Recap: Reds 9 – Athletics 3

The Cincinnati Reds beat up on Oakland’s pitching in the 1st, batting around and putting the game out of reach early on.

The Highlights

Aram Garcia hit two home runs, including a grand slam and helped fuel a 7-run 1st inning. Jake Bauers added a homer of his own in the 5th inning and went 2-3 on the night. Jake Fraley went 2-2 with a walk, steal, run, and an RBI. Matt McLain went 1-2 with a walk and a stolen base. TJ Friedl went 1-3 with a run and an RBI.

On the mound we saw Tyler Mahle throw a shutout 1st inning with two strikeouts, but he didn’t return after nearly 40 minutes in the dugout after the Reds offense went off in the bottom of the inning. Zack Godley threw 2.0 shutout innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Ben Lively allowed a run in his 2.0 innings, but he picked up five strikeouts. Jared Solomon, who missed last season after having Tommy John surgery in 2020, got back on the mound for the first time in a game since 2019 and closed out the game with a shutout 9th.

You can see the box score for the game here.

Sunday’s Game

Tony Santillan will start against San Francisco at 4:05pm ET. The game will be on Bally Sports Ohio and 700 WLW in the greater Cincinnati area.

22 Responses

  1. realist

    Surely you don’t think the reds were being sincere in their “effort” to sign Castellanos, do you?

    • greenmtred

      I have no inside information. The idea that they made him a legitimate offer (maybe for fewer than five years) seems just as plausible as conspiracy and subterfuge.

  2. Kevin Patrick

    I haven’t been listening to the broadcast, but was the plan to have Mahle only pitch one inning? Good to see some of the bats come alive a bit. This time of year is fantastic…baseball on the computer and basketball on the radio and tv…all at once.

    • MBS

      I’d think so, the 40 man roster had just got to camp.

    • VaRedsFan

      40 pitch inning is most likely the reason.

      Same issues as last year. He can hardly get through 5 innings because of pitch counts

      • Hunt4RedsOct

        8 pitch inning it was a 40-minute bottom of the first that he had to sit and wait on

  3. Frankie Tomatoes

    Aramis Garcia with his second homer of the day!

    Short spring training means that could matter.

  4. BenchWarmer

    Joey Votto for Randal Grichuk might be the most perfect trade in ML history. JV needs to go to a contender for his last 2 years, and of course he is a native of Toronto. Toronto is looking for left handed hitting, preferably a DH so Vlad can stay at 1b. They have four pretty decent right handed hitting OFs (Springer, Gurriel, Hernandez, Grichuk). Grichuk is sort of the odd man out of that group, and is owed $10 million/year for the next 2 years. Reds desperately need a RH hitting OF to platoon with Fraley/Naquin (along with Aquino); Grichuk is a guy who can play a decent CF and an above-average corner OF, just an absolute perfect fit.

    Money–Joey makes $25 million/year for the next two years, so Reds would save $15 million/year; Blue Jays are in “all in” contention mode, and can certainly afford adding the $15 million/year to add a big left handed bat (who also happens to be the best Canadian baseball player of his era). Reds have Colin Moran to play 1b against RH pitchers, and frankly aren’t going to contend this year. The trade gives them financial flexibility to extend Castillo and/or Mahle, while not really materially affecting this year’s chances to contend (Grichuk’s presence in the OF mostly makes up for the Votto/Moran difference, and if not who cares?). Most importantly, Joey gets to go home and play for a contender, in a scenario that certainly doesn’t hurt the Reds, probably helps them, at least long term if not short term (which is a disaster anyway).

      • Tom Reeves

        Doesn’t matter if it makes sense to us. It had to make sense to Joey V and Bob C at the same time.

  5. Kevin Patrick

    Well…watching St. Peters gives me hope as a Reds fan…but if my Boilers can manage to beat Texas…then they would have to play St.Peters. I’m so torn…Friedl and Garcia and now Bauers are underdogs too. Love underdogs.

    • Bdh

      Boiler Up!

      Texas has the athleticism that makes me nervous but if they win that one you have to love the way the bracket has been set up for them

    • Oldtimer

      I’m also a Boiler (1974 graduate). Purdue won NIT my senior year (1974). Only “national” championship ever won my Purdue MBB.

  6. Doc

    Another Boiler grad here. ‘71. They haven’t played consistently well since they were 13-0. After that start they have just not been the dominant team they were at the beginning of the year. Hope still reigns, at least through tomorrow evening.

  7. Tom Reeves

    I really hope Matt McClain progresses quickly.

    • DaceCT

      He just might. India, McClain, Barrero, Senzel, Stephenson, Joey, LF and RF. (Cerda?).

      There’s a thread here. High baseball IQ

  8. GreatRedLegsFan

    Reds face a tough decision to make with Akiyama, as it looks that Senzel, Naquin, Fraley and Aquino are fixtures. Even if they choose to go with a 5th outfielder, Shrock or Friedl look to be ahead of him.

    • VaRedsFan

      It’s only tough because of the contract. Which means the Reds will keep him on the roster. It’s not a tough baseball decision. He doesn’t belong.

  9. Old-school

    Soler went to the Marlins for 3/36

    That would have been a reasonable deal for a RH OF bat. That says the Reds are standing firm at a payroll of 97-$100 mil

    I dont count 2020 for much and Moose was hurt in 2021 and the foot injury caused him to gain weight

    If he could stay healthy and play a good first half of the season

    Say .270/.335/.440 with 15bombs- He could be a candidate for a dh bat at the deadline and the roster purge would be complete after this year.

    GABP turned scooter and dietrich into quasi- cult figures for a bit

    Moose could have a 90 game healthy stretch with some gabp bombs

  10. redsfan4040

    With all of the other arms the Reds have had rise through the system, Jared Solomon is one to watch this year. I’m really hoping we see what the Reds see in him because, although alright, his stats through 2019 were good but not great. He’s a 24 year old who, because of missed 2020 season and TJ surgery hasn’t seen higher than A+ ball. For his sake hope he has a good season, because as of now, he’s way down on the SP depth chart, and has already used one option year.

  11. CFD3000

    Five strikeouts in 2 innings for Ben Lively looks encouraging. Here we are again with a pile of uncertainty for the bullpen and to a lesser extent the rotation. The Reds will need some of these wishful thinking, reclamation projects to turn into gold. Perhaps Lively will be one of those successes?