The Cincinnati Reds moved to 2-0 on the spring after an offensive outburst that saw them score nine runs in a 9-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon in Goodyear.

Game Recap: Reds 9 – Angels 4

Cincinnati pounded out 14 hits and nine runs on Sunday. They got home runs from Luke Maile and Conner Capel, while Bubba Thompson and Stuart Fairchild both went 3-3 on the day. Hunter Greene got the start and showed off his new curveball and splitter in 1.2 shutout innings before turning the game over to the bullpen. In 7.1 innings they gave up two earned runs as the club combined for three walks and 14 strikeouts in the 9-4 victory.

The Highlights

The Reds got on the board early. Spencer Steer led off the bottom of the 1st with a double and he cam around to score on a 2-out double by Stuart Fairchild as Cincinnati grabbed a 1-0 lead.

Hunter Greene battled a little bit in the 1st inning as he walked two batters and struck out three. The next inning he picked up another strikeout and got some help on defense from prospect Edwin Arroyo, who made a diving stop and got the second out of the inning on the throw to first. That would be the final pitch for Greene on the day. Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer noted that Greene brought out the curveball in the 1st inning with one being at 85 MPH and the other at 81 MPH.

The Reds offense got back to work in the 3rd inning when Edwin Arroyo led off the inning with a single. Christian Encarnacion-Stran was hit by a pitch later in the inning and that set up Luke Maile for a long 3-run homer to put Cincinnati ahead 4-0.

A single from Stuart Fairchild was later followed up by an RBI double from Bubba Thompson and it was 5-0 by the time the inning came to an end. The offensive outburst kept on coming in the next inning when Edwin Arroyo led off with a single and scored on a single by Spencer Steer.

After Michael Byrne recorded the final out of the 2nd inning, Brandon Williamson took over on the mound for Cincinnati. The lefty tossed two shutout innings and picked up two strikeouts along the way.

In the bottom of the 5th it was once again Stuart Fairchild in the middle of things. He led off with a single – his third hit of the day – and moved up when Jose Barrero walked. Bubba Thompson then followed up with his third hit of the day and brought in Fairchild to make it 7-0. Jose Barrero would score on the next play on a botched fielders choice as the home team went up by eight runs.

The Angels would finally get on the board in the top of the 6th, scoring two runs. They would tack on a single run in each of the next two innings. Cincinnati got a run back in the bottom of the 8th when Conner Capel crushed a ball over the wall in center

Evan Kravetz entered the game in the top of the 9th with the Reds up 9-4. The big left-handed reliever got the job done with a perfect inning that featured two strikeouts. Cincinnati moved to 2-0 to begin the spring.

You can see the box score for the game here.

George Foster recovering from heart surgery

The Cincinnati Reds announced earlier in the afternoon that George Foster underwent heart bypass surgery and that he is doing well.

Monday’s Games

The Reds are playing two games on Monday. The first game will be in Goodyear against the Seattle Mariners. That game will be on Bally Sports Ohio, with first pitch set for 3:05pm ET. It will be available on the radio on 1360 WSAI.

Cincinnati’s other game will be at 3:10pm ET and they’ll hit the road to take on the Milwaukee Brewers. There will be no television or radio broadcast for this game from a Reds standpoint. You will be able to listen to the Brewers radio broadcast of the game via MLB.tv.

36 Responses

  1. Optimist

    “. . . Jose Barrero walked.” Sure, it’s a little thing, but . . .

  2. Rednat

    My prayers for George Foster. Hopefully he recovers fully. Onr of my favorite reds of all time!

  3. Rednat

    I really think Steer and Benson will take major leadership roles this year for the team. Both play with a lot of intensity. I have high hopes for them

    • Jason Franklin

      Agreed. Steer is more of a stoic/quiet sort of intesity, while Benson is demostrative. I can’t wait to see how many positions Steer plays this year.

  4. Doc

    For those of us limited to Gameday today, does anyone have any comments on how individual players actually looked? Looking at stats only, it would appear Greene struggled out of the gate, but reality might be working on the new pitches under game conditions.

    Williamson would appear to have in total command?

    Antone appeared to struggle a bit, but how he looked and was throwing don’t come through on Gameday, especially the ST version which is data minimalist.

    Nice win.

    • Mark Moore

      No TV coverage, so we’d be relying on eye witness accounts I believe 😀

      Limited the walks and maximized the K’s against the Halos. Small sample, but that’s the way to start pitching.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Listened to the game, seems he was working on incorporating his new pitches. I wouldn’t be too concerned with the walks first game out.

    • Michael

      We were at the game today. The thing that really stood out was Arroyo’s D at SS. The play referenced in the write up was truly a gold glove level play, he had another play in the 3rd that only the better SSs would make. He brought a lot of energy to the game. Hunter looked good except for the command issue. the Angels couldn’t touch his stuff in the zone for the most part. Spencer Steer hit the ball hard and really is a gamer. Thompson looked good except for the pickoff – former 1st rounder – is there a post hype breakout potential for him? One of Fairchild’s hits was a Texas Leaguer but the other two were hard hit.

      • Michael

        Also Brandon Williamson looked like it was just business as usual – off course it was against the Angels. Evan Kravetz showed good stuff.

      • Melvin

        “The thing that really stood out was Arroyo’s D at SS”

        We have a lot of good SS and nothing against EDLC but from what I’ve seen so far Arroyo looks to be the best. I noticed Barrero played CF today.

      • BK

        No problem, just trying to help. I appreciate your hard work.

      • greenmtred

        After two spring training games, Doug?

      • Doug Gray

        My brain’s been broked for a while now. I’m ready to retire, man.

      • Melvin

        I’m sorry I really don’t want to mention this but I was getting “confirmation emails” again after a first post recently but not today. I’m I doing something wrong?

      • Doug Gray

        No. The plugin that handles all of that keeps turning it off for some reason.

      • Melvin

        “No. The plugin that handles all of that keeps turning it off for some reason.”

        Thanks for letting me know. Sorry to bug you with it.

  5. MK

    If a right handed outfield roster spot is up for grabs, Thompson and Fairchild are giving it quite an early battle. Both went three for three. Barrero is not seizing the moment at this point but there is plenty of time.

    • MBS

      If McLain, or India are not ready for the start of the season, I like Thompson, and Harrison as my 12th, and 13th.

      For maintaining depth, it would be wise to go with Fairchild over Thompson, but I don’t prefer him. I think it’s an either or with Barerro, and Harrison. Barrero is out of options, and I think Harrison would opt out if he’s not making the club.

    • Doc

      I doubt there is plenty of time for Barrero. He has had plenty of time and the next wave is producing in early games while he is not. Two weeks max. Fairchild and Thompson are not starters, yet they are hitting well, suggesting that the Reds are not facing the opponent’s best pitchers. Somewhere between Garcia and Barrero, Barrero lost it and he hasn’t found it again.

  6. Old-school

    Great start

    Depth showing

    Hunter greene is the story

    Im really interested to see Spencer Steer year 2 as a middle of the order bat and corner OF

    • Redsvol

      I agree. Many players had a good tune up. I would think pitching ahead of hitting at this point but you wouldn’t know it from the reds hitters.

      You can tell they really want a good look at Thompson. I’m rooting for barerro but we simply screwed up his development. He should have 1, maybe 2 options left at this point.

      Interesting to see the starter types being asked to go 2 innings right out of the gate. I love it! They need to be ready to go 6 innings their first start of the season.

      Hoping all the starters keep working on their new pitches and don’t worry about walks and hits given up. Just keep working on them and stay healthy!

      • Tom Reeves

        I’m not sure it’s a screwed up development. Barrero is a major leaguer in every aspect except hitting the breaking ball. I don’t know is that’s a development issue. He’s had enough time at AAA to figure it out but when he gets to The Show, he struggles. And sometimes players develop past that and sometimes they don’t. I hate to say he can’t and hopefully he does this season.

  7. TR

    It’s nice to see winning games out of the spring training gate. Statistically I’m sure it’s not a proven factor in a successful season, but the Reds are loaded with a lot to prove they’re a playoff team and a leader needs to step forward and probably will as spring training goes on.

    • Melvin

      Winning is always better than losing.

  8. Dennis Westrick

    Thoughts & Prayers for Yahtzee (George Foster)! I met George Foster at a Louisville Bats game last summer! He was very gracious and allowed me to get a photo with him! Hope he recovers quickly!

  9. MBS

    The young SP’s are looking good. I was looking at Williamsons numbers, and I don’t know if Gameday is missing data, but it looked like he was pitching to contact. I saw a total of only 12 pitches in his 2 shutout innings.

    I like that Greene has been working on not only a 3rd, but 4th pitch. 2 pitches are not enough for starters on most days.

    • Doug Gray

      No pitch level data. Any at-bat that resulted in contact was counted as 1 pitch no matter how many were actually thrown. Any walk was a 4-pitch at-bat regardless of how many were thrown. Pay zero attention to gameday pitch counts unless there is actual pitch tracking data that tells you pitch type/velo, etc.

  10. old-school

    Not sure if this was mentioned anywhere but Kareem Elgazzar Enquirer shows 30-40 pictures a day from ST. Yesterday, he had a picture of old friend Dick Williams walking and chatting with David Bell. Obviously Williams is still engaged with the Reds.

    Good article on Stuart Fairchild today. Worked really hard in the off-season on his sprint speed and is focusing on being a better outfielder. At this point, he does fit in best as the 5th outfielder with his speed/pinch running/outfield defense across all 3 positions. Bell says nothing is guaranteed but he has a good chance of making the team.

    • Doug Gray

      His family (uncle and father) are a large part of the ownership group, so it’s no surprise he is still around when he wants to be.

      • Optimist

        Very likely the future managing partner.