The Cincinnati Reds host the Seattle Mariners this afternoon in the final game of spring training. Hunter Greene will take the mound with first pitch set for 4:05pm ET who knows because the game started well before the listed start time.

Mariners (9-6-2) and Reds (9-7-1) Lineups

Mariners Reds
1 Adam Frazier 2B Jonathan India 2B
2 Ty France 1B Tyler Naquin RF
3 Jesse Winker LF Tommy Pham LF
4 Mitch Haniger DH Joey Votto 1B
5 Eugenio Suarez 3B Tyler Stephenson C
6 Jarred Kelenic RF Mike Moustakas 3B
7 Julio Rodriguez CF Kyle Farmer SS
8 J.P. Crawford SS Nick Senzel CF
9 Cal Raleigh C Jake Fraley DH
10 Chris Flexen SP Hunter Greene SP

Reserve players on today’s Reds roster

Pitchers Infielders
Alexis Diaz Johnny Ascanio
Hunter Strickland Leonardo Balcazar
Brandon Williamson Austin Callahan
Stevie Branche Allen Cordoba
Eddy Demurias Brandon Drury
Pedro Garcia Ilvin Fernandez
Diomar Lopez Carlos Jorge
Catchers Braylin Minier
Donovan Antonia Colin Moran
Aramis Garcia Yassel Pino
Juan Garcia Cristian Santana
Diego Omana Outfielders
Ariel Almonte
Aristides Aquino
Jamal O’Guinn

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. No television option.

Reds links and news

Shogo Akiyama has been released

It’s a busy afternoon for the Reds, who officially released outfielder Shogo Akiyama on Tuesday afternoon. They will still owe him his $8M salary for the 2022 season.

Andrew Knapp has been released

The Reds released Andrew Knapp this afternoon. He was reassigned to minor league camp on Sunday and had an opt-out in his contract if he didn’t make the big league roster, but the team released him prior to his opt-out so he could try to catch on somewhere else.

Max Schrock to the 60-day injured list

Cincinnati will place Max Schrock on the 60-day injured list on Thursday due to his calf strain.

Game Recap: Reds 12 – Mariners 9

Another slugfest in Arizona with the Reds coming out on top in the final game of spring training, finishing 10-7-1.

The Highlights

After a tough start to the game that saw Hunter Greene give up two solo home runs he settled in and struck out four batters in the final two innings, giving up three hits in 4.0 innings and just two runs. Stevie Branche pitched a shutout final inning with two strikeouts to seal the victory.

The Reds got home runs for Jonathan India, Nick Senzel, Tyler Naquin, and Brandon Drury. Tyler Stephenson doubled, as did 18-year-old Ariel Almonte. Mike Moustakas singled in his lone at-bat of the day and finished the spring with a .320 average. 17-year-old Leonardo Balcazar went 1-2 with two stolen bases and two runs scored.

You can see the box score for the game here.

The Next Game

The Reds are off on Wednesday and then they will open up the regular season on Thursday night in Atlanta on ESPN2.

37 Responses

  1. docproc

    I see from the box score that Eugenio homered off Hunter Greene.

    • Mark Moore

      I think that was actually written into the trade agreement getting Geno to Seattle. Notice his “it’s only ST” BA is still abysmal.

    • NELSON COBLE

      I think Drury is a keeper. His shoulder is finally healthy. Why is Moran on this roster? poor fielder and .200 hitter.

  2. old-school

    Balls are flying out of Goodyear.
    Saurez and Senzel opposite field, India dead center.

    Mass substitutions after 2 Ab to shut down this preseason. On to atlanta.

    Agree with prior comments about Arizona and its humidity impacting pitching.

  3. Bdh

    Suarez hit a pop up that got caught in the wind for a hone run but Greene gave up a couple other hard hit balls his first 2 innings. Nice to see him immediately bounce back for 4 k’s in his last 2 innings

  4. Wallyum

    The MLB app had it listed as a 3:05 start. I was jazzed because I’m stuck at work late and it’s been a nice way of passing the time.

    • Greenfield Red

      What is the scoop on Minier? Is he not a high ceiling type prospect? Not on any top lists, but could work his way onto Doug’s top 25? Yes, no? Where will bmhe play this year? Thanks

      • DaveCT

        Correct, he was a higher profile signing and thus (for now) prospect. My guess is starts at Daytona and likely spends the year there. Not sure where Carlos Jorge starts but he may have hit his way to Daytona, too. If so, it’s possible that there’ll be yet another FL timeshare, tho at 2B and SS, not Marco Island.

      • Greenfield Red

        I’m doing this by memory, did he sign in 2019… the year before Valdez and Almonte?

        There really is excitement from High A on down. Those 4 teams should win a lot of games this year.

  5. Hanawi

    Man, I hope this spring is a sign of good things and Senzel can finally show what he can do. He’s been injured and hasn’t really produced even when healthy. Having him show the tools of a top 5 pick would do wonders for the Reds’ offense this season.

  6. LDS

    Just looked at the box score, 4 pitchers: 7.00, 6.75, 9.00, and 7.71. Looking like they are in 2021 midseason form already. Greene’s last couple of outings aren’t looking great. Maybe he should start the year in Louisville. Lodolo, while not as “exciting” , appears to be more polished and ready.

    • Jim Walker

      Location, location, location. Greene was already on the 40 man because he had to be protected from the Rule 5 draft (eventually canceled). Lodolo isn’t on the 40 man because he did not require protection yet this off season. Because Lodolo was not on the 40 man, he was in camp while the lockout continued and has been ahead of pitchers and batters most of the spring, Question is how much of that is because of the head start, and will the batters catch up to him.

      Greene settled in nicely in his final 3 innings. It is a learning process even for a guy of his skills.

      • LDS

        Thanks Jim, I understand that. My concern is that bringing him up has more to do with fan appeal than winning. Hopefully, he adjusts quickly and hope for this year are pretty low. So, committing to the youth movement is a step in the right direction.

      • Old Big Ed

        LDS, I think that what Greene still needs to learn can only be done at the MLB level. He has the stuff, the intelligence, and the makeup, but he still needs to learn the nuances of pitching at this level. The only way to do that is to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.

        He’s going to take his knocks this year, but between knocks there will be flashes of brilliance. There is a long line of excellent MLB pitchers who had their struggles as rookies. Johnny Cueto, for example, had a 4.90 FIP and a 1.414 WHIP in his rookie (age 22) season.

      • LDS

        Thanks OBE, I don’t expect much success this year so getting Greene in the game is likely a net positive.

      • Streamer88

        Greg Maddux went 6-14 with a 5.61 ERA at age 21. When you’re a pitching savant you need to learn where the lessons correlate to your mistakes. For Maddux that was at Wrigley. Hunter can miss out over the plate with his FB at AAA and his line looks pristine. He needs the feedback.

    • MuddyCleats

      Agree w/ Big Ed, both Greene and Lodolo have the goods 2 pitch in ML. Now it’s about learning how to do that vs ML hitters. My guess is both may need to go back down to work on things, but this cup of coffee may speed up the process? Greene n AAA is likely to resort to over powering AAA hitters w/ his FB instead of working on changing speeds and locations vs ML hitters ?? Lodolo needs to add that change up. It should b fun to watch them mature. Also interested in Sanmartin tonight. Kid seems to read hitters well and then make adjustments? Is he that savvy or just been lucky so far vs a weak Pittsburg team twice………we should have a better answer after tonight

  7. Grand Salami

    Today’s lineup looks like what can be expected. It’s not as glamorous as last year but may have less holes.

    That said, I’m hard pressed to conceive how Moose at 3rd instead of DH (especially with Fraley at the DH who could move to OF and push Senzel to IF) makes a lot of sense.

    • wkuchad

      Agree, this looks like a strong possible lineup, but only against righty starters, at least until we get guys off injured list. Lineup against lefties will be a little different.

      Disagree about Senzel. Keep him at one position this year (CF) and let him focus on having a good year.

    • AMDG

      Sadly, between Brury, Moran, Moose, and Solano, none of them have had a dWAR that was a positive number in the past few years.

      So, regardless of who they put there, they are going to have a bad defensive 3B.

      Their only infielders who can regularly boast a positive dWAR are Barrero, Farmer, and India. Defensively, sliding Farmer to 3B when Barrero is ready would be good, but I doubt Bell would entertain such an idea.

      • Grand Salami

        Yes, that would be a much better idea. Hopefully Senzel can accomplish what India did to Moose last year and end Barreo’s days as an OF. It will likely force Bell to that kind of move

      • MuddyCleats

        Agree on Farmer at 3B idea. Hopefully, Drury and Moose will continue to round into shape and become more comfortable there. Right now, every GB to 3rd is an adventure no matter who has been there.
        Likewise, let’s leave Senzel n one spot and let him work on hitting. His bat was supposed to be his calling card.

  8. Jim Walker

    From the box score and play by play on MLB(.)com, it looks like the Reds pulled all their remaining MLB guys as the bottom of the 8th was being played. Guess they were chomping at the bit to get the charter in the air to ATL. 😉

  9. Old-school

    Max fried Lefty starts so immediately Reds are pressured against a good lefty and good team on Opening day. Acuna wont play.

    Does the “Cant hit lefties”narrative run it again?

    India 4
    Pham 7
    Stephenson 2
    Votto 3
    Farmer 6
    Moose 5
    Senzel 8
    Naquin DH
    Aquino 9

    • RedsGettingBetter

      I think Drury could start in place of Naquin in addition to switch Senzel and Moose in the order at bat in this line-up against Fried.

    • Tomn

      I’d swap votto and Stephenson. That’s about it.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I think this is pretty close to spot-on. I did check Fangraphs for Drury’s and Garcia’s splits against lefties and neither has anything worth getting excited about. There might be a chance that Stephenson could DH and Garcia could catch because Naquin’s splits against lefties are horrible (.219 career).

      • Old-school

        Pretty fun to be debating lineups and matchups for real mlb games again with Reds in National spotlight on ESPN2

        Also cool to see Joe Burrow throwing out first pitch and jamar chase presenting India with ROY award at GABP 0pening day next week

        You made it to the other side Doug.

      • TR

        Now, at least, a season opening split on the road with the Braves would get the Reds off to a good start.

  10. tim

    moustakas was HBP and left the game early. have not seen any update on his condition. anybody know?

    • Tomn

      Is itbjust the Reds who are getting hbp so often. Seems ikebana is eating hit every other game. Getting sick of this sh*t.

      • Old Big Ed

        Ike-bana is well known for eating hit. Better get used to it.

  11. Krozley

    Was at the game through the 7th inning (missed the last 10 runs). Greene was sitting 98-100 and struggled a little early. Suarez’s home run was definitely wind aided (as was Senzel’s). Kelenic’s homer would have been close without the wind. Greene looked much better in innings 3 and 4 with some nasty sliders. The India and Naquin homers would have been out no matter what. Moustakas was hit by a pitch, but was fine and had a swinging bunt single in his only other at bat. Made a nice play at third along the way as well. The infield left after 3 innings and two at bats and the other starters left an inning later to mostly make way for last year’s DSL players now in the states. Williamson looked really good his first two innings, but got squeezed a little bit the first two batters of the 8th as we were leaving. Looks like the wheels fell off a bit after that, but I liked what I saw. Pitched out of a 2nd and 3rd, no out jam in the 7th (after Aquino missed a fly ball that should have been caught). Small crowd, but fun day. The road in front of the complex was filled with car hauling semis packing up the players’ vehicles for the trip home. A sign the season is about to begin.

  12. wkuchad

    When do the Reds have to officially announce opening day roster?