The Milwaukee Brewers started the game hitting well and they didn’t let up as they pounded the Cincinnati Reds 8-0, out-hitting Cincinnati 19-3 on the day.

Final R H E
Milwaukee Brewers (7-9-1) 8 19 1
Cincinnati Reds (8-10-1) 0 3 1
W: Burnes L: Williamson SV: Wilson
Box Score | Game Thread

The Highlights

Brandon Williamson got the start for the Reds on Monday afternoon and the Brewers welcomed him rather rudely in the 1st. Mike Brosseau led off with a single and moved up to third on a 1-out double by Luke Voit. Both would score when William Contreras singled. The lefty worked around a walk in the 2nd inning to keep the score 2-0. In the 3rd inning Brian Anderson led off with a single and then Williamson walked Voit to put two men on. A balk would move both runners up a base before a strikeout ended the day for the lefty and he was replaced by reliever Spencer Stockton with one out in the inning. Stockton gave up a single to the first batter he faced, bringing in another run for the Brewers as they made it 3-0. He’d get the final two outs without allowing any further runs.

Lucas Sims entered the game to begin the 4th inning and gave up back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. After a fielders choice led to the first out of the inning another single made it 4-0. A mound visit seemed to get things in order as Sims induced a double play to end the inning. Things didn’t go better for Bennett Sousa when he took over in the top of the 5th, giving up two runs on five singles as Milwaukee extended their lead to 6-0.

In the bottom of the inning the Reds finally threatened after being held to one hit by Corbin Burnes in the first four innings. Spencer Steer walked with one out and moved up to third when Luke Maile doubled, but Steer was thrown out at the plate to end the inning as he tried to tag up and score on a fly out by Jonathan India.

After Daniel Duarte threw a shutout 6th inning, Daniel Norris took over to start the 7th. He would give up a run on a single to Keston Hiura. Outfield prospect Jay Allen II was injured on the play and had to exit the game. Tayron Guerrero entered the game for the top of the 8th and would give up a run on a hit and a walk as the Brewers extended their lead to 8-0.

In the bottom of the 8th inning the Reds made another attempt at getting a run on the board. Prospect Ilvin Fernandez doubled to lead off the inning and was followed by a Matt McLain walk. After a strikeout, Richie Martin was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Nick Martini with one out. Bryse Wilson struck out Martini for the second out of the inning, bringing Elly De La Cruz to the plate. The Brewers went to the bullpen to bring in Jake Cousins to face Cincinnati’s top prospect and Milwaukee’s move paid off as De La Cruz struck out to leave the bases loaded.

Ricky Karcher came out of the bullpen for the Reds to start the 9th inning. He walked two batters in the inning but came out of the other side unscathed. That gave the Reds offense one more chance to get on the scoreboard. They didn’t, going 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 9th.

Wil Myers, Luke Maile, and Ilvin Fernandez had a hit each, accounting for Cincinnati’s three hits on the day. Tyler Stephenson went 0-1 but walked twice.

Tuesday’s Game

The Reds will be on the road taking on the Kansas City Royals. Hunter Greene will get the start in the 9:05pm ET game.

34 Responses

  1. James K

    At this point in spring training, why are we still seeing players with no chance of making the opening day roster?

    • DW

      There are many reasons…
      – Give younger guys opportunities to play against higher level talent
      – Position players are still building up to playing full games, which leaves a lot extra playing time to go around that can’t be covered by only guys that have a chance at a roster spot
      – Starting pitchers are still building up pitch counts, which leaves a lot of extra innings to be covered
      – Those innings have to go to someone — you can’t tax your bullpen in spring training
      – Gives the major league coaches a chance to evaluate and coach the younger guys
      – Gives the younger guys a chance to play with and learn from the veteran guys

      Many other reasons that could be listed

      • Doc

        Might add that several BP pitchers are in the WBC. Reds have yo cover their innings until they return.

    • Colorado Red

      I do not think bell has a clue

  2. Old-school

    The good vibes of spring training are over. Reds pitching and hitting needs to zero in next 2 weeks. Never been more pressure on this team to avoid a bad start. This team needs to be ready to beat pittsburgh opening series. Its the Pirates. Another 9-19 April is not ok

    • Melvin

      Well if they don’t at least try to find a spot, somewhere, even LF for CES, then they don’t act like they’re under any pressure to me. ANOTHER slow start could be coming. CES may or may not hit well being with the big guys starting out. One thing is for sure we’ll never know if they don’t try. The last “fun” game was when he and EDLC played. It was real fun. I thought things were going to change this year and have much more of an emphasis on getting off to a good start. It’s starting to feel like more of the same baloney to me. Pretty bad. smh

  3. Redsvol

    Ridiculously bad pitching this spring. The bullpen could be even worse this year. And where are the 4th and 5th starters going to come from.

    • GreatRedLegsFan

      I believe that’s the major concern. None of Weaver, Overton, Williamson or Anderson are qualified to crack a rotation spot, and there isn’t anybody else behind them in the system, aside perhaps of Luis Cessa. What a conundrum.

  4. Old Big Ed

    The Brewers were 18-for-37 today on balls in play, including 16 singles. Combine that with Corbin Burnes, and the Reds had little chance. At least some guys got to see Burnes twice, so they can begin to dial into what the real season will be like, instead of spring training pitching.

    • Old Big Ed

      Actually, it was 19-for-37, so they had a .500+ BABIP. 16 singles and 2 doubles.

  5. Kevin H

    Well didn’t take long for some time panic in the middle of spring training

    • David

      Fear is the mind-killer! And yes, it is TIME TO PANIC!!!!! 🙂
      The Reds have looked lousy two days in a row. Let’s see what happens tomorrow…then…PANIC!!!!

      Actually, the team should be MARGINALLY better than last year, knowing all the weaknesses the Reds had in 2022, in retrospect. It is unlikely that Nick Senzel will be playing centerfield. Either Benson or Friedl. But no Brandon Drury to supply some power. Hopefully, Stephenson and India will be healthy, and Fraley will step up to be the player we think he will be. Wil Myers is kind of this years “Brandon Drury”….maybe. I think the Barrero-Newman combination at SS will be better than last years SS play and offense. I don’t expect the bullpen to be the catastrophically WORST in the league this Spring (as they were last year), but they will be in the bottom third. Management actually made no real effort to make the bullpen better, which is where money could have been spent and seen a real return.

      The question of the 5th starter remains up in the air. Right now, my guess would be Chase Anderson. I actually would not have a problem if Williamson was the 5th starter, because even though young, he would then get a lot of attention from Derrick Johnson, which I think would actually help his progress.
      Overton and Weaver have actually been pretty lousy this Spring. I actually thought (dopey me) that Kevin Herget would get a chance to start and show something, but that apparently was not in the plan.

      • Kevin H

        Well Said David, and I agree the bullpen will be the major issue again as management made no effort to improve the pen. We already knew this year wasn’t going to be great so I am not sure why people are already “upset”

        Suggesting as I just read that “Bell has no clue” is absurd as he is in a no win situation with the transition that is happening with this organization.

        As we saw a few years ago the reds could score, yet that ole familiar theme of they had no bullpen and that was the year they were in contention for a playoff spot.

  6. MK

    Have watched Cessa, Sanmartin and Garcia pitch in the WBC today( not necessarily played today as the games were DVRed). The positive is they have all looked good the bad news the guy who won’t make the team, Garcia, looked the best.

  7. LDS

    “Shellacking”? One of the highlights of the upcoming season will be watching Doug wear out his thesaurus, looking for new and creative ways to say the Reds were stomped again.

    • Jim Walker

      Well, it is St Patrick’s Day week, and doesn’t ‘shellacking’ refer to being beaten senseless with a shillelagh? 😉

      • LDS

        Green beer all around, maybe some corned beef and cabbage, with a shot or two of Jameson – or so
        I’ve been told.

    • David

      Shellac is a material used to cover a wood finish and make it hard and protect it. Shellac is made from a kind of natural resin made from insect excretions found in trees in India, etc.
      Taking a shellacking might mean to get (figuratively) painted over and sealed.

      Getting “polyurethaned” just doesn’t have the same ring.

      Clobbered. Pasted. Beaten like a red-headed step child (pity red-headed step children!), pummeled, and on and on….

    • Harry Stoner

      Robert Siegel in an old NPR interview offered this:

      “So how did shellac make the linguistic leap to defeat? Jesse Sheidlower, of the Oxford English Dictionary, was half-expecting our call about this today. But he didn’t find a definitive answer. He ruled out origins in sports. And he said shellac smelled of alcohol and became slang for drunk. He says it was prison slang.”

      Yikes. Drinking shellac to catch a buzz?

      The Reds bullpen would drive just about any fan to drink.

  8. MBS

    Looked for a silver lining from the game today, and couldn’t find one. To quote Bob Seger “Turn the Page”

    • TR

      It’s not too often the Milwaukee team is not a nemesis for the Reds. That goes way back to the great Milwaukee Braves team of the 50’s.

      • Jim Walker

        Going back to when the Braves were in Boston, “Spahn and Sain then pray for rain” may turn into “Greene and Lodolo then who the heck know” for the Reds this year. 😉

      • greenmtred

        Greene and Lodolo and three days of snow. We’re having a major snow storm today, so it seemed appropriate.

      • DW

        What about Ashcraft? He has potentially the best stuff of the three. Not many guys can throw 100+ mph cutters and sinkers. He is shown signs of greatness. Once he fully puts it together, watch out.

        I’m excited for the big THREE at the top of the rotation. Beyond that, I agree, there isn’t much to get excited about.

        I’m hoping Cessa will be the fourth starter. I think he would perform better than most expect. I’m not at all excited about Weaver or Anderson, which will likely be our 4th and 5th starters.

    • Harry Stoner

      A rotation of Year 2 Green, Lodolo, Ashcraft along with Cessa and possibly Williamson (high risk, interesting potential) or Anderson (and 6 innings of relief work) isn’t going to be inherently worse than last year even without Castillo and the off-again, on-again Mahle.

      IIRC the Reds tried an “mostly rookie” rotation a few years back which was mostly a calamity. I think this group is more solid, though, Ashcraft seems intent on getting himself on the DL asap.

      That would spell trouble.

      Or a desperation trade overpaying for an innings nibbler.

      “The Return of Michael Minor”.

      Hallowen in April.

      • Harry Stoner

        Er…”Halloween in April”….

  9. redfanorbust

    Yup bullpen does not look promising. Even Farmer and Sims (so far) don’t look ready for the season. I see where Hunter Strickland might/has made the team? Even if the big three starters give you 5-6 decent innings, especially on a pitch count early in the year means our bullpen needs to survive 3-4 innings most games. Then there are #4 and #5 pitchers. How many times will we get 5-6 good innings from them? Very few hitters on the Reds, will other teams pitchers fear when they step to the plate. Despite the bright spots of hope with several good prospects many, many things need to come together this year for Reds to be at least respectable this year