The Cincinnati Reds would put their foot on the gas late in the game as they pulled away from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday afternoon in a 7-1 victory.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (2-2)
7 10 0
Los Angeles Dodgers (2-2)
1 4 1
W: Lodolo L: Urias
Box Score | Game Thread

The Highlights

Offense was at a premium on the day, particularly early on. The game was scoreless until the top of the third inning when Luke Maile singled to lead off the inning and came around to score on a 2-out double by Tyler Stephenson. That put Cincinnati up 1-0.

The score remained there until Nick Solak hit a moonshot in the top of the 8th inning, leading the frame off with a blast that hit halfway up the batters eye to make it 2-0. Henry Ramos followed with a double, moved up to third on a wild pitch that also walked Jason Vosler, and then Ramos scored when a pickoff throw got by the third baseman. Vosler would score later in the inning on a ground out by Michael Siani, extending the lead to 4-0 and capping off a 3-run inning.

In the 9th inning Richie Martin would walk, steal second, and then score on a Chuckie Robinson double. He came around to score on a single by Ramos, who finished 2-2 on the day. Ramos came around to make it 7-1 on a single by Jason Vosler.

Jose Barrero would go 1-2 with an infield single and he added a stolen base. Chad Pinder went 1-3 before he was replaced in the game. Jake Fraley also went 1-3 and like Barrero, he added a stolen base.

The pitching was outstanding on the day. Nick Lodolo threw 2.0 hitless innings with a walk and two strikeouts. Derek Law and Buck Farmer kept the no-hitter going with a perfect frame from each of them to follow. Lucas Sims allowed a hit and a walk in the fifth but kept the shutout intact. Daniel Norris gave up the second hit of the day, but he also kept the Dodgers off of the board. Fernando Cruz struck out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect seventh inning.

Reiver Sanmartin took over in the eighth and after getting two lazy fly ball outs into shallow right field he hit a batter, walked a batter, and then gave up an RBI single as Los Angeles finally got on the board to make it a 4-1 ballgame. Ricky Karcher took over in the 9th with Cincinnati now holding a 7-1 lead. He had to work around a double and a walk, but he did just that to seal a victory for the Reds.

Wednesday’s Game

Graham Ashcraft gets the start tomorrow as the Cincinnati Reds play hosts to the Oakland Athletics. No television broadcast. You can listen to the game on the radio at 3:05pm ET on 1360 WSAI AM.

33 Responses

  1. LDS

    I know it’s early and it’s only a ST game, but as one who grew up on the Reds being in the Western Division, any day the Reds beat the Dodgers is a good day.

    • Harry Stoner

      That’s what I know.

      Reminds of what my father used to say when someone asked him which was his favorite MLB team: “Whoever is playing the Yankees.”

    • Redsvol

      I agree. I dislike the Dodgers. I still think of them as prima dona’s even though basically all MLb players are nowadays – just different levels.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Absolutely! Reds vs. Dodgers was quite the rivalry in the 70s. Amazing games between two teams full of All-Stars.

    • JB

      I hated Garvey,Lopes,Cey,Yeager,Sutton etc. It was hard to cheer for the Reds when Baker was the Manager. So what did I do? I married the greatest woman in the world and she was a Dodgers fan. Love is getting over your hate.

      • LDS

        Congratulations. She must be an amazing woman if you could overlook her being a Dodger fan.

      • David

        Dusty Baker really made his name playing for the Atlanta Braves. He batted cleanup in a line-up that had Henry Aaron, Darrell Evans, and a bunch of other good hitters (Aaron batted third, which is where teams usually put their BEST all – around hitter).
        He ended up with the Dodgers because the Braves wouldn’t pay him what he thought he was worth.
        I always think of Dusty as an Atlanta Brave player, who played alongside Henry Aaron.

      • Melvin

        The Dodger lineup that comes to my mind by position is:

        P – Don Sutton
        C – Steve Yeager
        1B – Steve Garvey
        2B – Davey Lopes
        3B – Ron Cey
        SS – Bill Russel
        LF – Dusty Baker
        CF – Rick Monday
        RF – Reggie Smith

        An argument could be made that if not for the Big Red Machine the Dodgers would have been “The Team Of The 70s”.

      • LDS

        @Melvin, didn’t mind most of the Dodgers line up individually, but hated the marketing of Garvey, Mr. Clean, etc, a image that crashed and burned in the 80s.

  2. Bdh

    They ran out a pretty solid lineup against the reds today and the reds pitching looked very good

    A healthy bullpen with 8 of the following could turn into a strength of this team


    Guys like Kuhnel, Legumina, Norris, Law, Karcher, and even Strickland as options 11-16 just make this years bullpen seem deeper than the majority of years the last decade. If Antone comes back in the 2nd half looking like he did in 2020-21 then the trio of Diaz/Antone/(Sims or Santillan) could easily be the best they’ve had since Chapman/Broxton/Marshall

    • Redsvol

      starting to worry about Young’s availability. i don’t think he has pitched and nothing said about his health unless i missed either. We need a 2nd solid lefty in that bullpen.

      • Bdh

        He threw the 7th inning can the rangers

        Hit a guy and gave up a single but then got a strikeout and 2 grounders to get out of the inning unharmed

      • Bdh

        Somehow “vs” got autocorrected to “can” there

  3. Mark Moore

    Wins feel good. Didn’t watch today, but happy to see Lodolo appeared to have a solid start and we got solid innings out of the rest of the pitchers.

    As noted, beating the Trolley Dodgers is always a good thing.

  4. DW

    I’m liking how much base stealing we are seeing. That part of the game will be relevant again and is one of the few things that is somewhat of a strength of this team. I hope that carries into the regular season. Small ball can once again produce a little, under the new rules.

    • Melvin

      “Small ball can once again produce a little, under the new rules.”

      Small ball is often all it takes to win. I like it. Balance is the key. If we knew how to play “small ball” in the 2020 playoffs who knows what would have happened. As I’m sure you recall we couldn’t score a single run. lol

      • Melvin

        Which was all it would have taken to win. 🙂

      • Bdh

        Had plenty of opportunities in game 1 but Bell subbed Senzel out for Shogo + Goodwin and also pinch ran Janikowski for Winker so we ended up pinch hitting Barrero with bases loaded 2 outs instead of having Winker there in the 13th.

    • Votto4life

      Even if small ball doesn’t lead to more victories, it will lead to more exciting baseball. That in itself will be an improvement over last year.

  5. Old-school

    Nice win

    Hard to follow all the day games and it’s spring training


    Reds bullpen needs to be better and buck farmer has 2 dominant outings

    Hes a huge 7th/8th inning piece and Cowboy high on sims. If sims farmer and Diaz pitch well and stay healthy… thats a solid righty bullpen staff

  6. Melvin

    As I understand it there was a time when beating the Dodgers in the National League West was more satisfying than beating the Cardinals in this division so I understand how many feel. By the way, since we did beat the Dodgers, is there really any reason to spend more money now? 🙂

    • Votto4life

      Yeah, beating the Dodgers is satisfying because in the 1970s the Reds and Dodgers were often the two best teams in baseball.

      Let’s face it, the Reds and Cardinals don’t feel like a rivalry because the Reds have seldom been in a pennant race since moving to the NL Central. In fact, I’m not sure the Cardinals actually have a real rival in the NL Central.

      Hopefully, that will change at some point.

      • TR

        The natural St. Louis baseball rivalry goes back to the begiinning of MLB in the 1880’s when the American Association was considered a major league and the St. Louis Brown Stockings won four straight pennants. The Chicago White Stockings, at that time, were the Browns bitter rival. The Cincinnati Red Stockings were also members of the Amer. Assoc. at that time. With the forming of the National League in 1901, the rivalry was transferred from the Browns/White Sox to the Cardinals/Cubs.

      • Jim t

        Actually there was a bit of bad blood between the Cardinals and Reds in the 60’s.When Frank Robinson played for the reds and Bob Gibson played for the cardinals it seemed Gibson hit him with a pitch quite often. Apparently Bob didn’t like the way Frank leaned over the plate if memory serves me.

  7. CI3J

    This is a pretty cool little story:


    BRADENTON, Fla. — There was no umpire behind the plate calling balls and strikes, or even one of those so-called robo umps that could become part of the game in the future, when the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates kept playing Tuesday.

    Umpires left the field after Baltimore’s Josh Lester grounded out to end the top of the ninth inning with the Orioles trailing 7-4, officially ending the spring training contest.

    But the teams went ahead and played the bottom of the ninth inning after Pirates manager Derek Shelton and Baltimore skipper Brandon Hyde had a quick discussion.

    With the umpires gone, the balls and strikes were called by the catcher, just like is done in so many backyard games. Maverick Handley, a non-roster invitee who has never played about the Double-A level, was behind the plate for the Orioles.

    Watching the video, it was pretty cool seeing the players standing out there with no umps, just like a backyard baseball game. I know they weren’t doing it exactly “for love of the game”, since the managers just wanted their players to get a little more work in, but still fun to see nonetheless.

    • Melvin

      Had never seen that before at the professional level. Like you said pretty cool.

  8. MK

    I was surprised last year when Duarte and Diaz broke camp with the MLB team. Could Karcher be that surprise in ‘24.

    • MBS

      I could definitely see Karcher break camp with the Reds. I am also getting pretty excited in thinking that Cruz’s 22 wasn’t just a nice story.

      • JayTheRed

        With you there. Cruz has looked pretty impressive thus far in spring action.