Cincinnati took the Dodgers down on Thursday night under the lights in Goodyear. It was just the second loss of the spring for Los Angeles and the win moved the Reds to 4-1-1 in the Cactus League.

Game Recap: Reds 5 – Dodgers 4

The Reds and the Dodgers didn’t take much time to complete this one. Despite the two teams combining for nine runs the game took all of two hours and 20 minutes. Graham Ashcraft looked strong in his spring debut, Elly De La Cruz got on base twice, Edwin Arroyo drove in two, and Christian Encarnacion-Strand almost knocked over the wall in center with a triple.

The Highlights

Cincinnati got to work early on the night as Elly De La Cruz picked up a single and took third when Jeimer Candelario followed up with a single of his own. Spencer Steer then gave the Reds a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly.

Graham Ashcraft, making his spring debut, allowed just one walk in 2.0 hitless innings that featured two strikeouts. Alexis Diaz and Tejay Antone both threw a perfect inning of relief after that.

In the bottom of the 4th the Dodgers made a pitching change, bringing in Landon Knack and the Reds didn’t give him the best of greetings. Tyler Stephenson worked a walk and then scored when Christian Encarnacion-Strand tripled off of the wall in center. He’d score when Mike Ford grounded out to make it 3-0.

The Dodgers got on the board in the top of the 6th inning. Fernando Cruz walked Kevin Padlo before giving up a 2-run homer to Mookie Betts. Los Angeles kept things going the next inning, this time against Justin Bruihl. He gave up a leadoff double before getting two outs, but Gavin Lux came through with a 2-out single to tie the game up at 3-3.

Cincinnati didn’t keep the game tied all that long. Mike Ford led off the bottom of the 7th with a single and moved up to second when Tyler Callihan continued his hot start to the spring with a walk. After the Dodgers made a pitching change, Edwin Arroyo came through with a 2-run double off of the wall in left field to put the Reds back in the lead.

Los Angeles immediately got one of those runs back when Trey Sweeney hit a ball to the moon to start the 8th inning. Brooks Kriske settled in after that to strike out two batters before getting a line out to end the inning. Brett Kennedy took over for Cincinnati in the 9th. After retiring the first two batters of the frame he gave up a single, but a ground out to third ended the game with a Reds victory.

You can see the box score for the game here.

Friday’s Game

The Reds return to the field on Friday night in Goodyear. They’ll be hosting the defending National League champs, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Brandon Williamson is the scheduled starter. No television broadcast for this one, but you can listen on the radio at 700 WLW. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05pm ET.

51 Responses

  1. Melvin

    ” Despite the two teams combining for nine runs the game took all of two hours and 20 minutes.”

    I THOUGHT if seemed like a fast game.

    Winning is always better than losing. Here’s to hoping they/we continue to develop that winning attitude/atmosphere.

    • Mark Moore

      BTW, Melvin, the “frowny face” is colon and “open parenthesis”

      • Melvin

        Thanks – I’d give you a thumbs up if I knew how. 🙂

  2. DaveCT

    Arroyo is playing with great confidence and like he belongs. His hit may/may not have been caught in better lighting conditions (the LA announcers alluded to it numerous times, especially given the high K numbers). But he took a reliever the other way off the LF wall to win the game.

    • Stock

      They turned on the lights by the time Arroyo got his hit.

      • DaveCT

        The lights were on from the start of the game. It was, though, the first night game. But still.

    • Jeffrey A Yocum

      Yea, the LFer misplayed the ball. Should have been caught fairly easily. You could see the look on Arroyo’s face when he hit the ball he was convinced it was gonna be caught.

  3. Rednat

    Its great to beat the LA DODGERS!
    Its great to beat the LA DODGERS!

    Guess they dont have the payroll to compete with us!

  4. Jason Franklin

    How do we rank the top three teams to hate upon this year? 1)Dodgers? 2)Cards? 3)Cubs?

    • Steve

      It doesn’t matter how much money the dodgers spend…my least favorite team is, and will always be, the st. Louis Cardinals

    • JB WV

      “Hatred…it’s the only thing that lasts”- Bukowski. I’ve hated the Dodgers so long I’ve almost forgotten why. Almost

      • greenmtred

        For me it has two causes: when they moved from Brooklyn, and Tommy Lasorda.

    • greenmtred

      For me it’s Dodgers, Dodgers and Dodgers. Don’t like the Mets, either, but they don’t crack the top three.

    • VaRedsFan


    • Melvin

      I don’t know about the rankings but the Brewers have been creeping up there in recent years.

  5. Michael B. Green

    CES is very underrated. If Bell lets him play, he’s going to put up big numbers.

    • JB WV

      I’d plug him in that 4 spot till he proves me wrong, if ever

    • wkuchad

      I wouldn’t call him underrated, at least not at this point. I think candelario is getting most of his spring training starts at 3B for a reason. We’re going to see a lot of CES playing 1B this year.

      • LarkinPhillips

        I really hope you’re right Chad. My worry is that Bell will play Candy verse RHP at 1B and platoon CES once Marte is back healthy. I hope I’m wrong, but Bell loves to platoon and play match ups and Candy being a switch hitter will play into his desires. For the record, I’m not anti Candy as others are on here and there are matchups against RHP with good to great curves, that I would implement that strategy with CES/Candy.

  6. Rednat

    Kinda of surprised there hasnt been more comments on rln so far this year. I understand it is still Febuary but i havent been as excited about a reds team since the 1995 club.
    Maybe the preseason predictions have put a damper on things but so far I have been impressed with the team

    • JB WV

      The 2000 team when Griffey came over was a huge disappointment. Because of that, I’m cautiously optimistic

    • BhamRedsFan

      Here’s why I rarely comment or read the comments:
      1) the near unanimous vitriol for Bell
      2) the feel of a gotta be in the club atmosphere
      3) the near unanimous vitriol for Bell

      • PTBNL

        Not to mention the near unanimous vitriol for Bell 🙂

        also don’t forget the comments, warranted or not, for one John Sadak. 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • VaRedsFan

        If people didn’t have opinions about things, then what’s the point of posting? The manager (whoever it is), for every team, is the main talking point across a ton of social media.
        Game threads are places where we can applaud the team on a play by play basis. And of course, some Monday morning QB’ing.

      • Tom Reeves

        I can’t understand the vitriol for Bell. The guy has created a great atmosphere in the clubhouse. The team supports the each other. They play their butts off. The young team continues to develop. Bell plays a massive role in creating this chemistry. Who cares if he changes a line up or makes an in-game decision that’s different than my expert opinion?!

      • LarkinPhillips

        So what would you post daily or through out the game?

      • Tampa Red

        My biggest issue with the incessant Bell detractors is not that they criticize him, it’s that they consistently find a way to place blame of him for almost literally every mishap/mistake/failure by the players:

        Pitcher walks the lead off hitter? Bell should have instructed him to throw strike

        Runner gets picked off? Why did Bell allow him to take such a big lead?

        9th place hitter goes 4-4? Why did Bell bat him last?

        Lead off hitter goes 0-4? Why did Bell bat him lead off?

  7. GreatRedLegsFan

    First wave of cuts should be out by next Monday. The opening day roster is almost set up to players coming back from injuries (Lodolo, Marte, McLain, India): Stephenson, Maile; CES, EDLC, Candelario; Fraley, Friedl, Fairchild, Benson, Steer + 3. Ashcraft, Greene, Abbott, Montas +1, Martinez, Pagan, Diaz, Moll, Suter, Farmer, Sims +1. The last starting rotation spot is up to Lodolo if healthy, otherwise Martinez is in and another spot opens in the bullpen. As for the last bullpen spot(s), it’s Williamson, Antone, Young or Gibaut. Plenty of options to complete the position players roster in case of injuries. Three dark horses to watch: Arroyo, Callihan and Spiers.

    • wkuchad

      Agree with most of this. I’m not convinced Fairchild is a lock, but he’s close to a lock.

      And if Lodolo starts the year in Louisville, I think Williamson has a slight edge over Martinez as the 5th starter.

      • VaRedsFan

        I’m OK with any of these guys starting, as long as they are healthy and have shown good form in Spring.
        I believe that Martinez will get the nod to start if it’s a tie, because of the contract.

  8. Mark Moore

    Yes, it’s Spring Training. But consistency and wins are still great things to watch. No, it doesn’t predict the Regular Season, but the more you win, the more accustomed to winning you become.

  9. CFD3000

    Doug your wrap up says that Cruz pitched a clean inning between Ashcraft and Antone, but that was Alexis Diaz with a 3K inning. If Diaz and Antone are both healthy, strong and sharp this year they could combine with Sims to be the new Nasty Boys and shorten a lot of games. That’s a big if but an exciting possibility!

    • redfanorbust

      Hey CFD3000 sure hope Antone makes the bullpen (he has the best pure stuff IMO on the Reds) but I have been reminded he still has one more option and will probably be sent down but you sure are right about it being an exciting possibility. Sims still has some work to do but IMO what a sight that would be if they stay healthy and play to their potential!

  10. greenmtred

    Anybody: what has Antone’s velocity been? Last season it looked like he was reinventing himself to some degree and not relying on high octane.

    • VaRedsFan

      I haven’t seen him this Spring, but one thing we all know is that he can spin it with the best of them. To me, max effort with spin is more of litmus test on what shape his arm is in, than fastball velo.

      Man, it would great to have vintage Antone in pen for most of the season.

  11. MK

    For all their money the Dodgers have a shortstop issue. Lux isn’t very good defensively. Could be a trading partner for. Arterial. They can afford a defense only shortstop and give him the time to improve his offense without a great deal of pressure. They definitely have a prospect to trade for a prospect.

  12. old-school

    ESPN( pay wall) has an article up on who could be this year’s Arizona Dbacks and its none other than the Redlegs. Its a deep dive into matching the Backs Formula for 2023 and the conclusion is if EDLC and Hunter Greene become stars, it could happen. Bobby Witt,Jr went from a 0.9 WAR to 4.4 player his 2nd year. 10/12 playoff teams had (2) 4 WAR players last year.

  13. Harry Stoner

    Any thoughts on trading CES should be squelched right quick.

    Krall created a logjam in the infield but passing on CES or Marte would be a fool’s mission.

    For a “controllable innings nibbler”? No dice.

    Montas is going to rock. The big brass ring contract still awaits him and he knows it.

    The Reds are going to score some runs this season.

    • Melvin

      “Krall created a logjam in the infield but passing on CES or Marte would be a fool’s mission.”

      Yeah. Would NOT like to trade those two. If so the return had better be a “no brainer”. That would take an awful lot.

  14. David

    The team looks encouraging, they seem to be playing well on the field….but it is only the first week of Spring Training.
    This team DOES have a lot of talent, but a lot of it is “young” and the “experts” discount how good they are, based on just playing some last year. That “small sample size” dealio that people talk about.

    I think a good number of the young guys will really step up and have good years in 2024. I would much rather have a younger team with a lot of potential than a team of veterans of “known” quality (ie Veteran Presence) that “know how to play the game” (that old trite George Grande saying) that are just league average in talent.
    And also, George Grande was really a nice guy in person, he just used all the typical baseball broadcaster cliches’.

  15. MBS

    I think Candelario will displace Marte at 3B. That would leave Marte floating between 3B/SS.

    If that’s the case, I’d prefer they start Marte in AAA, and transition him to the OF. Marte’s arm, and speed would play well at CF, or RF.

    Our OF could be Benson, Marte, Friedl, Steer, Fraley.
    The INF would be EDLC, CES, McLain, Candelario, India

    Add in 2 C’s, and a 13th player, and we got a pretty balanced roster.

    • MBS

      Side note, I see India, and Fraley grabbing most of the DH time in this scenario, but with the ability to help out their position group for days off, or incase of injuries.

    • Harry Stoner

      Trading big for Marte and then ‘displacing’ him with Candelario is one of Krall’s biggest missteps in my view.

      Sure, on paper, or in regards to ‘depth’ this might make some sense.

      But for 3 years of Candelario’s contract?

      I think Krall got cold feet and felt like he had to make an off-season ‘move’. Like with the trade for Newman. Or Myers.

      Keeping Marte on ice that long is a bad plan, as is starting him in AAA. Where’s the sense in that?

      Floating between 3b and SS (when trying to develop DLC at the same time) again might sound good, but isn’t a coherent strategy.

      Moving him to a crowded outfield isn’t really a plan either.

      I believe this will come back to haunt Krall and the Reds barring some unfortunate injury giving playing time to.

      Sure, injuries happen, but it shouldn’t be part of your strategic plan for giving playing time to high level prospects.

      Marte isn’t backup / depth material. He’s a likely star hitter in the Phillips, possibly Morgan range.

      Last summer, Marte made some of the quickest and impressive adjustments to MLB pitching that I’ve seen.

      He’s going to be an excellent all around player. That the Reds traded Sonny Gray for.

      Not wanting to be a downer, but its a bit of a mess, of Krall’s own making.

      Trading low on Marte (or CES) isn’t the solution, either.

      It will be interesting to see how this develops, but I’d much rather see Marte out there at 3b than Candelario.

      Of course, that’s not going to happen.

      For at least three years.

      That’s nuts.

    • MBS

      @Harry, I don’t think we disagree very much. The only reason I’d start Marte in AAA is to transition him into an OF.

      I listed the OF in order of use above. “Benson, Marte, Friedl, Steer, Fraley” The 3 main men would be Benson (RF), Marte (CF/RF), and Friedl (LF/CF) Steer (LF) Fraley (DH/RF)

      If you think we’re in a pickle now, wait until Arroyo pushes his way onto the roster, and that’s not to mention Dunn, or Hinds. By that point there will need to be some trade made.

      • Melvin

        “The only reason I’d start Marte in AAA is to transition him into an OF.”

        Does India still have options left? He hasn’t played one inning in the outfield as far as I know. Maybe a rehab stint could be valuable.