In a game that featured both offenses going off, the Reds rallied late but Cincinnati fell short of making a comeback against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The defending National League Champions held on for a 12-8 victory.

Game Recap: Diamondbacks 12 – Reds 8

There was a lot of bad pitching from Cincinnati in this one as only one pitcher managed to avoid being charged with at least a run on the day. The offense didn’t get a whole lot done for the Reds until late in the game, but it was too little and too late by then as they were unable to overcome a large deficit on Friday night in a game that took three hours and twenty minutes to complete.

The Highlights

Arizona didn’t take much time to grab a lead in this one as Corbin Carroll singled to lead off the game and came around to score on a 2-out single by Pavin Smith. The defending National League champs added to their lead in the second inning when Jake McCarthy led off with a single and then scored when Kyle Garlick homered off of Brandon Williamson to make it 3-0.

Cincinnati would get both of those runs back in the bottom of the inning when Jake Fraley doubled to start the frame and then scored on a single by Luke Maile. He would then score when Edwin Arroyo continued his hot start to the spring with an RBI single to cut the lead down to one.

Williamson fired off a scoreless third inning, finishing his day by allowing three runs on five hits with three strikeouts. Carson Spiers took over from there and after retiring the first two batters he faced he ran into trouble. Kyle Garlick hit his second homer of the game and then Arizona got a triple from Blaze Alexander and a double from Corbin Carroll as the Diamondbacks tacked on two runs in the inning. Arizona would get another run against Spiers in the 6th on a sacrifice fly, but that was preceded by an error and the run would be unearned.

Brent Suter took over for the Reds in the 7th and he struggled. He allowed two singles, a triple, a walk, and he hit two batters in what turned into a 3-run inning that extended the Diamondbacks lead to 9-2. Cincinnati got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning thanks to two walks and a wild pitch moving Sal Stewart to third base and putting him in position to score on an Alex McGarry sacrifice fly.

Things continued to be unpleasant for Reds pitchers when Casey Legumina took over in the 8th inning. He allowed a leadoff triple, an RBI single, and a double – but escaped any further damage as Arizona extended their lead to 10-3.

Cincinnati got a run back in the bottom of the 8th when Blake Dunn picked up an infield single and then took second base on an errant throw. The 2023 Reds Minor League player of the year then scored on a single by Rece Hinds.

Tyler Gilbert wasn’t able to escape the night clean and free – just like every other Reds pitcher of the night who faced more than one batter. He took over for Cincinnati in the 9th and after picking up the first two outs rather quickly he gave up a 2-out double and then a home run as the Diamondbacks jumped ahead 12-4.

Cincinnati wasn’t going to go quietly in the bottom of the 9th. Mat Nelson led off with a single. Alex McGarry hit a chopper that bounced over the second baseman and into right field, but it was ruled an error much to the surprise of Reds broadcaster Tommy Thrall. Michael Trautwein then came through with a 2-run double to make it 12-6. Cincinnati tacked on another run on a sacrifice fly by Hernan Perez. Blake Dunn picked up his third hit of the night off of the bench, driving in fourth run of the inning and making it a 12-8 ballgame. That was as close as things would get.

Jake Fraley and Luke Maile both had two hits, and Maile also added a walk. Donovan Benoit was the only pitcher for the Reds to not allow a run and he faced just one batter – which he struck out.

You can see the box score for the game here.

Saturday’s Game

Cincinnati hits the road on Saturday afternoon to take on the Colorado Rockies. Hunter Greene is scheduled to take the mound for the Reds. There is no television broadcast for this game, but you can listen on 700 WLW on the AM radio dial. First pitch is set for 3:10pm ET.

12 Responses

  1. MBS

    Dunn coming out hot, going 3 for 3 for his debut. Hurtubise, and Hinds also picking up a hit a piece. AAA is going to have a real nice OF to start the year.

    • Denny

      Well desrved Blake Dunn is inching closer.

  2. Rednat

    Is Luke Maile taking over as primary catcher in 2024 for our Reds?. He is off to a string start

    • Melvin

      “He is off to a string start”

      He’s off to a strong start too. šŸ˜‰ ……Just playing with ya. haha

      • Rednat

        My fat thumbs get in the way again lol

    • Jason Franklin

      It appears Stephenson still needs to get in to the swing of things. But, if he continues to be a liability at the plate (while being marginally average defensively behind the plate), why not start Maile? Maile frames better, seems to have a good relationship with the pitchers and has been pretty clutch. I do hope that Stephenson regains his ability though. Would they keep Stephenson as a backup if this happened? Typically teams want a defensive backup catcher and he doesn’t check all the boxes for that.

  3. Indy Red Man

    I have Martinez over Williamson for the rotation and Moll/Suter/Young would be my pecking order w lefties. It felt like Young really faded last year and I’d rather have Williamson. Have a feeling Marte and Williamson are going to have to break out of AAA again.

    • MK

      If you include his time in Oakland Iā€™m not sure Moll had a better year than young last year. Young did fade but he spent the majority of the year as the only bullpen lefty and was overused.

    • Jason Franklin

      Pretty sure you are right on Marte. I see once they signed Harrison it meant Marte was going to be playing 3b for Louisville to start the year. It is dumb for the Reds to do this for many reasons (potentially one on the reward for a player winning the ROY/starting the year in the MLB lineup) but it wouldn’t surprise me. I am not sure Williamson is going back to AAA though especially with Lodolo on the DL soon enough.

  4. ChrisInVenice

    Saturday no tv broadcast. Crazy.

    • Brian

      It’s annoying but I’m telling myself it will keep my excitement fresh for the regular season

  5. Mark Moore

    At least it wasn’t a complete blow out game. Still a lot of young MiLB players in the mix who won’t break camp and head for Cincy. Watching with a great deal of interest over the next couple of weeks.