The Cincinnati Reds played two games today – their first split squad set of games of the spring. They barely avoided being no-hit in a their game against Seattle, but the offense showed up against the Brewers.

Game Recap: Mariners 2 – Reds 0

For much of the game this was as much of a pitchers duel as you could imagine – at least in a game where there were a lot of pitchers. Seattle had two hits through seven innings and the Reds didn’t have any. The Mariners finally broke through with the help of Cincinnati’s defense to score two unearned runs in the 8th. In the bottom of that inning the Reds avoided being no-hit, but that 2-out single by Jacob Hurtubise would be the only one of the game for the home team.

The Highlights

Andrew Abbott made his spring debut and it was a gem. The lefty didn’t allow a hit or a walk while tossing 2.0 perfect innings and recording a strikeout. He turned the game over to rookie Lyon Richardson and he followed up with 2.0 shutout frames of his own. Lucas Sims then came into the game for the 5th inning and he made quick work of the Mariners, retiring the side in order and picking up a strikeout. Brent Suter tossed a shutout inning of his own, giving up just the second hit of the day by the staff while also picking up a strikeout.

If by this point you’ve noticed that there hasn’t been much talk about anything offensive by the Reds it’s because they did not have a hit through the first seven innings. Their lone baserunner came on a Jose Barrero walk and he was thrown out trying to steal second base.

Tyler Gilbert tossed a perfect 7th inning. He returned for the 8th and things didn’t go as well this time aronud. He struck out Hogan Windish to start the inning. Then he struck out Cole Tucker, but catcher Mat Nelson threw the ball by 1st baseman Francisco Urbaez trying to complete the out. That proved to be a big play because a strikeout later in the inning should have ended things quietly, but it instead resulted in just the second out. A 2-run double followed as the Mariners broke a scoreless game open.

With two outs in the bottom of the 8th inning the Reds finally put a one in the hit column on the scoreboard as Jacob Hurtubise went the other way for a single into left field. Payton Gray would toss a hitless 9th. In the bottom of the inning the Reds went down in order, dropping the game 2-0 for their first loss of the spring.

You can see the box score for the game here.

Game Recap: Reds 8 – Brewers 3

The Reds hit two home runs and beat up on Milwaukee pitching much of the day. On the mound they largely got things done with plenty of strong outings, picking up their third win of the spring in four tries.

The Highlights

Nick Martinez, like Abbott above, was making his spring debut. He cruised through 2.0 hitless innings, walking one batter and picking up two strikeouts.

The offense got rolling in the top of the 33rd inning when Tyler Callihan led off with a double and scored when Jake Fraley followed with one of his own. Elly De La Cruz picked up an infield single to put runners on the corners with no outs. A grounder turned into a double play, but Fraley scored on the play to make it 2-0.

Christian Roa came out of the bullpen for the 3rd inning holding a 2-run lead, but it didn’t last long as gave up two runs on two hits and two walks before being replaced by Andrew Moore who got out of the inning. Roa, thanks to spring training rules, returned to the game to begin the 4th and worked around a single to complete the inning and keep the game tied up at 2-2.

Tyler Callihan was getting things started again in the 5th as he picked up a 1-out walk. He would come around to score on a 2-out double from Elly De La Cruz that put Cincinnati up. Stuart Fairchild then crushed a 2-run homer to center to extend the lead to 5-2.

The offense got right back to it in the top of the 6th when Will Benson led off with a walk, stole second base, then came around to score on a 1-out double by Austin Wynns to put the visiting club up 6-2. The Reds added another run when the Tyler Callihan show continued as he drove in pinch runner Jose Torres to make it 7-2 before the half-inning came to an end.

Chase Petty took over for Cincinnati in the bottom of the frame and he ran into some problems rather quickly. He gave up a leadoff single to Brewers top prospect Jackson Chourio before hitting the next batter. Chourio was caught stealing, but Joey Ortiz followed up with an RBI double to make it 7-3. Another batter reached on a walk, but for the second time in the inning a Milwaukee baserunner was thrown out trying to steal and this time it ended the inning.

In the top of the 7th inning it was time for Rece Hinds to shine. The minor leaguer with the best power in the farm system crushed a homer off of the batters eye for a solo homer to extend the lead to 8-3. Look at the swing that resulted in a 400+ foot homer.

Rhett Lowder, the Reds 1st round draft pick in 2023, made his first appearance in a game of any kind for the organization when he took over in the bottom of the7th. He worked around a broken bat single, striking out the final two hitters of the inning.

Lefty Jacob Heatherly worked around a walk and a single for a shutout 8th inning. After the Reds went quietly in the top of the 9th. Brooks Crawford came out for the bottom of the inning to try and close things out. He walked the first batter he faced, but he retired the next three in order to seal the 8-3 win.

Tyler Callihan picked up two more hits and is now hitting .600 with an OPS of 2.067 to start his spring training.  Elly De La Cruz also picked up two hits on the day.

You can see the box score for the game here.

Graham Ashcraft set to debut on Thursday

During the game against the Mariners that was on Bally Sports Ohio, Graham Ashcraft was among the players interviewed during the game. He told Jim Day that he expected to be “full go” in 2-3 weeks when it came to his running, but that he was on the mound already and was scheduled to pitch on Thursday of this week.

Tuesday’s Game

Cincinnati will hit the road and take on the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. The game will be available on MLB.tv via the Marquee Sports broadcast. If you wish to listen to the game on the radio you can tune in at 3:05pm at 1360 WSAI in the greater Cincinnati area.

23 Responses

  1. Tom Reeves

    This is exciting with the pitchers. But, it’s also early and hope springs eternal.

  2. MK

    Really didn’t look like Hinds got all of the home run pitch. Pretty special power there.

    Overall a great day for the pitchers.

    Fairchild is coming out hot as a match.

    • Jason Franklin

      Just got to cross our fingers and hope Hinds continues lowering the strikeouts/wasted at-bats and keeps trending up. The Reds really could use a power hitter in the outfield.

  3. LarkinPhillips

    MLB app shows the game tomorrow will be on cubs- marquee network. Does that mean the game will be on mlb.tv?

    • Doug Gray

      Yes.

      You’d think the guy in charge of maintaining the TV schedule for spring training would have done better on the game recap, but here we are….. TO THE EDITS!

      • LarkinPhillips

        Thanks for the clarification Doug.

        It still boggles my mind that high school teams can broadcast their games, but the Reds can only televise 5 spring games themselves.

      • Melvin

        Yeah. How are we going to critique every little detail if we can’t even watch the games? 😉

      • Doug Gray

        I like using my imagination. Your mileage may vary.

  4. Melvin

    Barrero playing RF for the first time? Not surprising that he can just wandering. Lowder with a good start to his professional career. My gut tells me he’s going to move up fast.

  5. DaveCT

    “The minor leaguer with the best power in the farm system crushed a homer off of the batters eye for a solo homer to extend the lead to 8-3.”

    Nice, Doug. And no insult to Noelvi Marte.

    If you know, you know.

  6. VaRedsFan

    Catcher Trautwein threw out all 3 runners in an inning…2 caught stealing, and a pickoff at 2nd.

    Stuey look like he has added some muscle

  7. Mark Moore

    All-in-all, not a bad day for our Queen City Redlegs.

    Abbott was pretty sharp. Good to see the guys getting in their reps and work.

  8. Indy Red Man

    I said it after I saw him pitch in the CWS that Lowder would be ready to go for the Reds in July. He’s going to be special!

    • MK

      If he can get, or they let him get, his innings workload up to 150+ innings he should be ready by 2025. It is still a developmental process.

      • Tom Diesman

        He threw 120 IP last year in college, so 150 IP would most likely be his target for this season. So if he shows that he’s ready for MLB this year, there is no reason to hold him back to 2025.

  9. David

    Noelvi Marte might be a better hitter, ie, more consistently makes solid contact, but Rece Hinds is a big, strong guy, and definitely has more power.
    If he could make contact as consistently as Marte, he would be in the Bigs right now.