For the second time this spring, the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs game resulted in a tie game after nine innings and the teams chose to not keep playing.

Game Recap: Reds 2 – Cubs 2

A 2-run home run by Michael Busch in the 1st inning was the only scoring that Chicago could managed in the game. Cincinnati got one of those runs back on a long home run in the bottom of the inning and they tied things up in the 4th, but neither offense could push another run across the rest of the way as the two clubs settled for a tie on Thursday night.

The Highlights

Chicago got to Hunter Greene early on in this one. A 1-out walk came back to haunt Greene as Cubs prospect Michael Busch followed with a 2-run homer to deep center to put his club up 2-0. Cincinnati got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning when Spencer Steer hit a home run into the ocean. Ok, it only went over the scoreboard, but still, he crushed it.

Hunter Greene had a long 1st inning, but he made quick work of the Cubs with a 1-2-3 2nd inning. Things weren’t as easy in the 3rd as he had to work around two walks. Greene was able to keep Chicago off of the board, but his pitch count was at 68 after three innings and that would be the night for him, giving him a final line of three innings, two hits, two runs, three walks, and five strikeouts.

Owen Holt took over for Greene to start the 4th inning and he didn’t need much time to get through the inning, generating three ground outs before you could blink and tossing a perfect inning. Chicago also made a pitching change to start their half of the 4th inning and it was beneficial for the Reds as newcomer Edwin Escobar walked the first two batters he faced. Will Benson came around to score after his walk on a ground out to tie the game up at 2-2.

Casey Legumina came out of the bullpen to pitch in the 5th inning and he fired off two perfect innings that included three strikeouts. Tyler Gilbert pitched a scoreless 7th inning and he added two strikeouts – giving the team 10 on the night. He returned for the 8th and added another strikeout and kept the game tied up. Tony Santillan came on for the 9th inning and he threw a perfect inning with two strikeouts.

The Reds were looking for a walk-off win in the bottom of the inning. Jacob Hurtubise did his part, drawing a 2-out walk and then stealing second base. Rece Hinds then followed up with a walk of his own. That brought Alex McGarry to the plate, but he flew out to left field to end the game in a 2-2 tie. It’s the second tie between the two teams this spring.

You can see the box score for the game here.

Friday’s Game

The game on Friday will be another night affair. Cincinnati hits the road as the Reds will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. First pitch is set for 8:05pm ET and will be available on MLB Network.

29 Responses

  1. Capnhook33

    Ok how real are these box scores? I didn’t get a chance to watch, but this only shows 37 pitches for Greene. It also shows something that I felt the need to verify somewhere else.

    The box score is showing that not only did our pen not allow a run, but that the 4 man combo did not throw a single ball during the last 6 innings. So I’m curious how accurate that is (internal me is thinking no way).

    • Doug Gray

      More often than not the spring training pitch counts are nowhere near accurate. Most of the time if the ball is put in play it’s just a “1-pitch” at bat regardless of how many were actually thrown. A strikeouts is a “3-pitch” at bat. A walk is a “4-pitch” plate appearance.

      • BK

        So, why is it so hard to run Gameday like it’s the regular season? I get the likely prohibitive cost of televising games to some degree, but Gameday should be manageable.

  2. Redsvol

    Hunter is just not making enough progress with his command. I would have thought with a healthy off season he would have shown more this spring. 2 more spring training starts to dial things in and then it’s go time.

    Hopefully Montas and Martinez are ready to go.

    I’m afraid the Cubs are gonna be with us all the way this year. They can pitch and Craig Counsel just instills a bulldog mentality in his teams. You can see it already in these spring games.

    • mac624

      WAY too early to say he isn’t. Now if by the middle of the season, he’s still needing 68 pitches to get through 3 innings, then you can say he’s not progressing. But for a flamethrower like Greene, he’s learning to mix pitches, it really takes several innings to make that switch. Fans really don’t grasp that concept. They think he should just be able to flip a switch, but that’s rarely how it goes, even with professionals. I’m much more interested to see where Greene is in June, than I am in early March.

    • old-school

      I agree. Its only the 2nd weekend in March but all weve heard about from Greene is how he wants to be more pitch efficient, get deeper into games, and save the bullpen this year. Id like to see him flip up a get ahead 82 mph curve to get to 0-1 and then work from there. Hitters just sit on his fastball and next thing you know its a 3-2 count and they are fouling off ball after ball. Even an out becomes an exhausting 8 pitch at bat. He has to do something to get them off his FB or year 3 wont be any different than years 1 and 2

      • greenmtred

        We should also remember that he’s introducing two new pitchers. I have no idea whether he was using them a lot last night, but that could account for some of the command issues if he was.

      • SR

        100%. The starter for Chicago started off with a first pitch breaking ball strike on all most every batter, in nearly the exact same place. Our hitters took it until Freidl wore him out the third time around. Why concede the strike and go down in the count? Why not look breaking ball on his first pitch and sit on it?

      • old-school

        @ GMR- my overall impression was his slider wasnt sharp and he didnt throw many splits or curves that I saw, so it was pounding the fastball. HIs first inning he gave up a moonshot to their young hitter Michael Busch they got from the Dodgers. Get to know that name. He could be a good one.

        Its early and all that matters is command on march 28 moving forward, but need to see some progress in the areas that have kept him from becoming that TOR starter we all want him to be.

      • greenmtred

        Thanks, O-S. I didn’t see the game, so I was conjecturing.

      • redfanorbust

        We all know Greene is working on one/two new pitches this ST. If and when those develop into decent pitchest to get MLB hitters out is still unknown. What I do not understand is, why given most all SP need three or four quality pitches to be successful why he did not seriously work on these years ago? Yet the Reds signed him to a 6yr-$53M contract extension. I would argue that a few starts in one ST probably will not be enough to get the desired results. Now your supposed SP1 is going to work on new pitches during the regular season in which the teams is looking to make the playoffs and beyond?

      • BK

        Yep, I watched the game. On the positive side, it’s Spring Training and it just doesn’t matter.

        On the negative side, Greene’s pitching looked all too familiar relying on two pitches and spotty command. He also looks like he added weight to his midsection which is never healthy or helpful. When my wife walked by and watched a couple of Greene’s pitches, she immediately said “Oh no, he’s put on a lot of weight.” It was hard to be optimistic watching him grind through so many at bats.

        On the other hand Legumina and Santillan were spectacular and Gilbert looked good too.

      • MBS

        @BK, It would be awesome if Santillan is back. He was the presumptive closer before he got hurt. It also is looking like Krall knew what he was doing with Legumina. Short sample size with both, but encouraging.

      • BK

        @MBS, at least last night, they were both dominant.

  3. TR

    Maturity for most things, including the art of pitching, takes awhile. And, I appreciate the box score in the writeup which includes the attendance figure, which is often hard to find.

  4. LDS

    I see some of the sports writers are still promoting Michael Taylor as a potential Red and supposedly the team expressed interest in him earlier this off season. Why? A 32 year old .239 career hitter with an 83 OPS+ lifetime. in what way does he move the team forward as opposed to Friedl who is younger, defensively solid, with higher lifetime BA and OPS+? IMO, “sports journalism” has declined to the level of clickbait farmers. I’ve seen more depth from “amateur” sites than some of the national writers. And I really think it’s hilarious that guys like Heyman posts most of his “insights” as video these days. I guess expecting the younger generations to read is just too much. It’s one of the reasons I like RLN, agree or disagree with the various authors viewpoints, the writing is typically good and the thesis usually well presented.

    • greenmtred

      I wonder how much of it is deadline pressure: they gotta write something. I only see their conjecture when it’s referenced here, and that’s enough for me.

    • Brian

      Taylor is a very good defender in CF. Reds lack a legitimate CF depth option so it doesn’t surprise me they’d make inquiries. I wouldn’t be sad if they picked him up as depth. If Friedl went down for meaningful time I guess Fairchild or Hurtubise fills in? I like them but I’d be nervous relying on them. Benson and Fraley are middling defensively in corner OF and you wouldn’t want to rely on them for CF.

    • DataDumpster

      When the action gets slow, “the inside guys” just conjecture on the slimmest of evidence. Of course, the prospective acq. has only a 10% chance to help the team but that’s not the point. The point is that the “prognosticator” has put forth a proposition that seems believable by the past actions of this team, particularly the skipper. How many early 30s guys, has-been veterans or never were utility types have we acquired in the last 3-4 years that seemingly had no value or place to be put. There must be some financial or strategic value (because “they know”) of going after these mossbacks but I can’t figure out. Nevertheless, even I was rooting for Chad Pinder last year as an enjoyable distraction.

    • Indy Red Man

      I like Taylor and he’s coming off a monster year with lhp splits. Stuey’s having a big March though so who knows? I’d take Taylor over Barrero any day since OF is the question here.

      Hunter Greene. Its early March, but I swear he’s the poster boy for the old adage of “wild within the strike zone”. I’ve never a guy put so many heaters right on a tee for the hitter. That 2 run bomb to their young kid on the Cubs was middle-in and down and nowhere close to jamming him. Thats on a tee for a solid lefty hitter. Thats like a 4-6 inch danger zone that you just can’t do and yet he does it all the time? He had a game last year where he was pitching to contact and it was awesome to watch. He got some quick outs and didn’t K very many. I’d have to go through the game logs to find it, but love to copy-n-paste that one. The K’s will come, but you have to get some quicker outs to put some innings together. This is his make or break year imo. More of the same and he’s just telling them what they want to hear when it comes to hard work, preparation, dedication, etc

    • BK

      Taylor is another Boras client. Interestingly, there is a scarcity of articles asking whether Boras did a poor job for his clients this offseason, but scores of articles noting which teams should be signing the remaining free agents.

  5. William

    Buster Olney reported Toronto be a really good fit for Votto. Wonder what inside info he has…..lol

  6. LDS

    The Skipper might be a good nickname – a shipwreck on Gilligan’s Island. Some games it feels like a bad comedy.

    • DataDumpster

      Glad to see somebody caught on with the general idea…my posts tend to get rather angular and obscure at times.

  7. Grand Salami

    Reds and Cubs get together and it’s like kissing your sister.

  8. Indy Red Man

    HG is the poster boy for the old adage “Wild within the strike zone”. He can consistently put a heater in the best 6 inch zone for that particular hitter. Still though it’s early March and he’s got great stuff obviously. He had 1 start around August last year where he pitched to contact and got through 5 fairly easily. He could make great strides…or not? This is the make or break year though for what we should expect

  9. Grand Salami

    EDLC’s K rate is showing no signs of decreasing despite this ‘compact swing’. It’s possible to be successful with a 30% k-rate but I’d rather see it decrease and then see what happens.