The Cincinnati Reds pounded out 12 hits, with Stuart Fairchild picking up a double, home run, and driving in three runs in a 7-1 victory on Saturday evening over the Oakland Athletics.
|Cincinnati Reds (11-10-1)||7||12||0|
|Oakland Athletics (8-12-2)||1||5||0|
|W: Williamson L: Muller
|Box Score | Game Thread|
Brandon Williamson had to work around a walk in each of the first two innings but he was able to do that and avoid letting anyone cross the plate. But Oakland was able to get to him in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Nick Allen tripled to lead things off and scored on a single by Esteury Ruiz to make it 1-0. The lefty tossed a perfect 4th inning, wrapping up his day with a run two hits and two walks while picking up two strikeouts and giving up one run.
In the top of the 5th inning the Reds finally got their offense moving. Jason Vosler led off the inning with a double. After a strikeout, Stuart Fairchild and Noelvi Marte added doubles of their own to tie the game and then give Cincinnati a 2-1 lead. Marte scored to extend the lead when Alex McGarry singled him in.
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Daniel Duarte came out of the bullpen in the bottom of the 5th to take over for Williamson and he worked around a 1-out single to throw a shutout inning and keep the Reds lead at 3-1. The offense got back to work in the top of the 6th inning with some help from the Athletic’s pitching. After a ground out to begin the inning, Oakland went to the bullpen to bring in Zach Johnson. He retired Chad Pinder to start his outing, but then went walk, single, walk, and walk to make it 4-1. Noelvi Marte then singled on a line drive that tipped off of the glove of a leaping shortstop to bring in another run. That led to a second pitching change on the evening. Alex McGarry welcomed Austin Pruit to the game with an RBI single that made it 6-1 before the inning ended on a play at the plate.
Reiver Sanmartin returned from the World Baseball Classic where he was pitching for Colombia and made quick and easy work of Oakland in the bottom of the 6th as he got two ground outs and a fly out in a 1-2-3 inning. Ian Gibaut had to work around two walks in the bottom of the inning but he got through it unscathed.
In the top of the 8th the Reds offense got going with a 2-out solo home run by Stuart Fairchild – his first of the spring – to extend the lead to 7-1. Noelvi Marte and Alex McGarry followed up with singles, but they were stranded on the bases to end the inning. Daniel Norris allowed two singles in the bottom of the 8th but was able to keep the Athletics off the board.
After going quietly in the top of the 9th the Reds turned to Alex Young to try and seal the win in the bottom of the inning. He walked a batter with one out but rebounded by inducing a game ending double play.
Noelvi Marte and Alex McGarry both went 3-4 with two runs batted in. Jason Vosler went 2-4 with a double and he scored two runs. Daniel Duarte has now pitched a scoreless inning in all six of his spring training appearances in 2023.
Just after the game started the team announced that they had released catcher Austin Romine.
The Reds will be on the road again on Sunday as they head east to take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Hunter Greene will get the start with first pitch set for 4:10pm ET.