It’s spring training for everyone and that includes the editor who handles the headlines here. That person is me. And hey, we’re just having fun with this one today because there wasn’t a whole lot of fun on the day for the Cincinnati Reds in a blowout loss to the Texas Rangers.
|Texas Rangers (2-2)
|Cincinnati Reds (1-2)
|W: Perez L: Greene
|Box Score | Game Thread
The game was a blowout and the Reds only scored a few runs, but there were some good performances at the plate. Will Benson went 2-2 with a stolen base – his third of the spring so far – and hit another ball that would have been great to have had Hawkeye data for because it was an absolute laser. Speaking of lasers, Christian Encarnacion-Strand also went 2-2 and one of his hits was a laser off of the wall in right field that went for a double. The Reds #7 prospect got the start at first base on the day and made an impression. Noelvi Marte was the only other starter on the day who picked up a hit, going 1-2. Richie Martin, Alejo Lopez, Austin Romine, and Michael Siani all picked up a hit coming off of the bench.
Hunter Greene got the start and he was charged with two runs in 1.1 innings with a walk and two strikeouts. Kevin Herget would throw 1.1 shutout innings out of the bullpen., Alex Young and Casey Legumina each tossed a shutout inning with a strikeout.
On the non-highlight side it was Connor Overton and prospect Lyon Richardson who combined to allow 10 earned runs in 1.2 innings to the Rangers.
The official time of the game was 2:59. 26 hits in the game and four errors – all by the Rangers – will make a game a bit longer, regardless of a pitch clock.
Nick Lodolo will take the mound for the Cincinnati Reds as they hit the road to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05pm ET. The game will be on MLB Network as well as MLB.tv.