The Cincinnati Reds were doomed by two big Seattle Mariners innings on Friday afternoon in an 11-3 loss. They’ll be back on the field tonight at 8pm ET, this time at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (7-7-1) 3 8 1
Seattle Mariners (6-6-1)
11 11 3
W: Kirby L: Overton SV: McCaughan
Box Score | Game Thread

The Highlights

Connor Overton struggled in the 1st inning as he hit a batter and walked a batter, but he got through the inning without any runs given up. That wasn’t the case in the 2nd inning. Tom Murphy led off with a home run. Kole Calhoun followed with a double and scored on an error by Tyler Stephenson at first base. Kolten Wong later added a double to put two runners in scoring position. A pitching change was made at that point, and after Ryan Nutof got Ty France to ground out he gave up a 2-run single to Jarred Kelenic that put the Mariners up 4-0.

The Reds offense got on the board in the top of the 3rd inning with the help of Seattle’s defense. Stuart Fairchild reached on a throwing error and moved to third base when Noelvi Marte picked up an infield single but Colin Moran made a throwing error on the play. Fairchild then scored on a sacrifice fly by Jonathan India.

Since it is spring training, Overton was allowed to return to the game to pitch the 3rd inning and he retired Seattle in order this time around. After Derek Law pitched a scoreless 4th inning it was Will Benson drawing the Reds a bit closer in the top of the 5th with a solo home run to left-center that left the Mariners broadcast crew gushing about his power.

Seattle got that run back and then some in the bottom of the inning against Lucas Sims. He walked the first batter, gave up a double, didn’t record an out on a fielders choice, walked in a run, then gave up back-to-back RBI singles that extended the Mariners lead to 8-2. Sims didn’t record an out before he was replaced by Ricky Karcher. After getting the first batter he faced to fly out, he walked former Red Colin Moran to load the bases. Then a blooper just over the head of Jonathan India brought in a run, but India’s throw on the ball got a force out at second base. Karcher then struck out Jake Scheiner to end the inning and put a stop to the 5-run inning by the Mariners.

Seattle wasn’t finished. Jared Solomon would hit a batter and then give up a 2-out 2-run homer that saw the Mariners pad their lead and go ahead 11-2 in the bottom of the 6th. After Daniel Duarte tossed a scoreless 7th inning it was the Reds backups getting in on the action in the top of the 8th. Nick Plummer led off with a single and Austin Hendrick followed up with one of his own, sending Plummer to third. He would then score on a balk to make it 11-3.

Bennett Sousa worked around a broken bat single in the bottom of the 8th inning, sending things into the 9th where the Reds would need a touchdown and a two-point conversion to tie things up. That didn’t happen as Cincinnati went down in order.

Saturday’s Game

The Cincinnati Reds hit the road to face off against the Texas Rangers in a 3:05pm ET game. Chase Anderson will be getting the start for Cincinnati.

15 Responses

  1. JB

    I see no reason why Pinder should be on the Opening Day roster. Need to stop keeping these veterans that contribute nothing and give the spot to a kid that is contributing.

      • David

        “But I bet he is”!

        Is that you, Pete Rose? 🙂

      • LDS

        And you think not? Pinder, Reynolds, Newman – mediocre journeyman- perfect for the Reds lineup

      • David

        It was just a joke on your comment…”I bet he is” 🙂

        No, these are all sub-replacement level players.

        Pinder, Solak, Reynolds….

        Newman they traded some value for, so I think they are keeping him.
        Otherwise, keep the young guys….tired of the re-treads taking up roster space.

  2. tim

    im guessing sims is not healthy and will not be on the opening day roster.

    • Optimist

      Yes – looks like the 15-day list and starting the season in AAA rehab? Otherwise, he’s into Dunn territory, return unknown if at all.

  3. David

    So it is beginning to look like Connor Overton is pitching himself out of contention for a spot on the Cincy pitching staff.
    And it did not look good for Lucas Sims today, either.

    I also think we need to get more of a look at Ben Sousa. He has made a few appearances, and is that prized left handed reliever.

  4. Votto4life

    Will Benson continues to impress.

    • Melvin

      You can now put me down in the camp that says keep Benson and send Senzel to the minors for rehab or whatever.

      • Votto4life

        @Melvin I feel the same. I don’t think Nick Senzel has done anything to warrant a roster spot. It’s probably best for the Reds to just move on.

      • TR

        The Reds second rebuild in the last ten years. It’s past time to totally rehabilitate Senzel, if possible, and then trade him. Go young; do not do it halfway.

  5. Melvin

    Lopez comes off the bench again and gets another hit. In my view he’s not a “slap hitter” but more of a line drive hitter. Personally I don’t see, like some others do, how his defense is so bad. It may not be stellar but it’s not bad. In my view he’s a perfect switch hitting young versatile bench player able to play multiple positions who hasn’t reached his ceiling/potential yet. Keeping him over some of the 30+ guys seems wise to me….and yes SS may not be his best position but he can play there if need be.

    • JB

      Need guys who can pinch hit and put the ball in play and play multiple positions. Like you said , he is perfect for the bench. Keeping these guys like Christian Colon, Travis Jankowski and Davidson(lol) was a joke. They provided nothing as a pinch hitter.