The Cincinnati Reds hit the road in Arizona this afternoon as they cross town to take on the Chicago Cubs at 4:05pm ET. Graham Ashcraft will get the start for the Reds.
Reds (2-1) and Cubs (2-2-1) Lineups
|1||Tyler Naquin||RF||Nick Madrigal||2B|
|2||Mike Moustakas||3B||Willson Contreras||C|
|3||Shogo Akiyama||CF||Jason Heyward||CF|
|4||Jake Fraley||LF||Patrick Wisdom||3B|
|5||Colin Moran||1B||Alfonso Rivas||1B|
|6||Jake Bauers||DH||Michael Hermosillo||LF|
|7||Alejo Lopez||2B||Brennen Davis||RF|
|8||Andrew Knapp||C||Narciso Crook||DH|
|9||Miguel Hernandez||SS||Sergio Alcantara||SS|
|10||Graham Ashcraft||SP||Keegan Thompson||SP|
Reserve players on today’s Reds roster:
|Phillip Diehl||Quincy McAfee|
|Hunter Greene||Matt McLain|
|James Marinan||Leonardo Rivas|
|Reiver Sanmartin||Cristian Santana|
|Art Warren||Francisco Urbaez|
|Nick Hanson||Eric Yang (also a C)|
|Matt Pidich||Trey Amburgey|
|Spencer Stockton||Lorenzo Cedrola|
|Chris Okey||TJ Friedl|
|Garrett Wolforth||Michael Siani|
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 in the greater Cincinnati area. The game will be available on MLB.tv live.
Reds links and news
Cincinnati signs Brandon Drury
The signing isn’t official as I’m tying this, but Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Drury has a locker in the clubhouse…. so assuming he doesn’t fail his physical he’s going to be in the Reds organization. We wrote a little bit about Drury here earlier today.
Allen Corboda reassigned to the minors
There was one cut made today from big league camp as the Reds sent utility player Allen Corboda to minor league camp. He had not played in either of the two Cincinnati spring training games.
Wade Miley: “They kind of try, then they stop”
Wade Miley is the latest former Red to chime in about how the organization is run. Over at the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bobby Nightengale spoke with him about his time with the Reds and also got him to speak about the sell off.
It’s a little bit of a pattern there ever since they had that core group in ’13 or ’14,” Miley said. “After those guys left, it’s they kind of try, then they stop. Kind of try and they stop.
Game Recap: Cubs 3 – Reds 2
The game was dominated by pitching on both sides, but the Cubs scored twice in the bottom of the 8th inning to grab a 3-2 lead and they held on in the 9th.
Graham Ashcraft allowed a run over the first 3.0 innings. The big righty allowed a hit and he hit two batters while getting six ground outs and striking out two. Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that he hit 100 MPH in the first inning of the game, too. Lefty Reiver Sanmartin followed up with an inning of relief that saw him retire the Cubs in order. Hunter Greene had to work around a “hit” on a pop up to first baseman Colin Moran, who lost the ball in the sun and watched it bounce on the dirt for a single. Greene struck out two batters in his inning of work, throwing 17 pitches.
Hunter Greene, 101mph Fastball. ? pic.twitter.com/Q0pLbHXRVf
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) March 21, 2022
Art Warren worked around two hits and a walk in a shutout inning that also saw him strikeout two batters. Ryan Hendrix made quick work of the Chicago lineup in the bottom of the 7th with a perfect frame.
James Marinan struggled in the 8th inning, giving up two hits and two walks while only recording two outs, and being charged with two runs. He was relieved by lefty Phillip Diehl, who induced a ground out to end the inning.
The offense got rolling when shortstop Miguel Hernandez doubled into the right-center gap and scored on Tyler Naquin single. Cincinnati took the lead when Mike Moustakas crushed a home to right field to make it 2-1 in the 6th inning. He finished 2-3 on the day.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) March 21, 2022
Shogo Akiyama, Jake Fraley, and Jake Bauers all went 1-3 on the day. Allen Cerda was the only reserve to pick up a hit, singling in the top of the 9th inning to represent the tying run. He was stranded as the Cubs held on to a 3-2 win.
Vladimir Gutierrez will take the mound at 4:05pm ET. Game will be on MLB Network as well as MLB.tv. Radio broadcast will be on 1360 WSAI in the greater Cincinnati area.