The Cincinnati Reds hit the road this afternoon to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. Nick Lodolo will get the start with first pitch set for 4:05pm ET.
Reds (7-7-1) and D’Backs (9-8-1) 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 700 WLW in the greater Cincinnati area. No television option.
Reds links and news
Shogo Akiyama informed he won’t make the roster
This afternoon general manager Nick Krall told the media that outfielder Shogo Akiyama was informed that he won’t make the roster. Akiyama, who hasn’t hit since signing, is hitting .182/.182/.182 this spring in 22 plate appearances. The next move for the Reds and Akiyama still has not been determined as he can refuse to go to the minors and become a free agent, though he has not yet made that decision.
Should the Reds look at picking up Justin Upton?
Early this morning we took a look at whether the Reds should consider picking up Justin Upton if he becomes a free agent to fill out the right-handed hitting side of a platoon, specifically comparing him to Aristides Aquino as the last outfielder/bench bat in that role.
Game Recap: Reds 15 – DBacks 4
Two touchdowns, including a two point conversation for Cincinnati topped two safeties for Arizona on this Sunday. Wait, what sport are we writing about here?
Cincinnati’s bats went off on Sunday afternoon. Joey Votto went 3-4 with a walk, two doubles, and a 465-foot moonshot of a home run.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 3, 2022
Aristides Aquino went 2-5 with a walk and a grand slam. Tommy Pham had himself a day at the plate, going 2-4 with a double and a home run. Cristian Santana went 2-5 with a double and a solo homer. Colin Moran went 3-5 with a double and 4 RBI. Jake Fraley didn’t pick up a hit but did walk three times in four plate appearances. Astron Creal came off of the bench and went 1-2.
Nick Lodolo was charged with two earned runs in 4.0 innings while walking one and striking out three. Hunter Strickland, Kyle Zimmer, and Ryan Hendrix all tossed a shutout inning of relief.
You can see the box score for the game here.
The Not Highlights
The Reds are already injured, but things got worse on Sunday. Brandon Drury was hit by a pitch and left the game. Max Schrock strained his calf and left the game. Those two were expected to be the backup infielders on the team, with Drury expected to cover shortstop off of the bench if asked.
Vladimir Gutierrez will start for the Reds against Kansas City at 4:05pm ET.