The Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t officially play a game on Friday night thanks to Mother Nature deciding to show up and ruin the party.

Game Recap: Reds 4 – Dodgers 0 (unofficial)

Jonathan India made his spring debut, but he also didn’t make his spring debut. He went 0-2 with a walk and a highlight defensive play. Nick Martinez dominated the Dodgers lineup for four innings before the rain and lightning showed up and put an end to the contest that the Reds were leading 4-0 at the time.

The Highlights

Jonathan India led off the game. It was his first game of the spring after getting a late start due to his dealing with some plantar fasciitis once again. He would line out to right field, but he got his spring started with solid contact. The Reds offense got going in the 2nd inning when back-to-back singles from Christian Encarnacion-Strand and Tyler Stephenson put runners on the corners. Stuart Fairchild picked up an RBI on a ground out. Cincinnati tacked on a run with a 2-out single by Bubba Thompson.

In the top of the 3rd inning the Reds played add on and did so with a 2-out rally. Tyler Stephenson got things going with a single. Stuart Fairchild then continued his torrid start to the spring with a long fly ball off of the wall in left-center that he turned into an RBI triple. Mike Ford then came through with a single to make it 4-0.

All the while the Reds were building their lead, Nick Martinez was carving up the Dodgers lineup. He tossed four perfect innings with six strikeouts, with the last one coming as the rain began to fall from the sky above.

While Martinez was mostly getting things done on his own, Jonathan India gave him some help in his first ever game at first base:

After the Reds hit in the top of the 5th inning, the tarp was pulled as the rain continued and lightning got closer to the ballpark. It wasn’t long after that before the game was considered over. Since the Dodgers never got to hit in the 5th inning the game was postponed and didn’t count in the very important Cactus League standings and none of the stats from the game were official.

The official Redleg Nation take: Nick Martinez threw a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball is trying to hide that fact from you.

You can see the box score for the game here.

Saturday’s Game

After several night games in a row, the Cincinnati Reds will get back on the field in the afternoon on Saturday. They’ll take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in a road tilt. First pitch is set for 3:10pm ET.

39 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    I’ll take even an unofficial win over the Dodgers.

    • Melvin

      One good thing about playing the Dodgers is we’re more likely able to play on tv. 🙂

    • Jason Franklin

      Agreed. They are such an easy team to root against.

      • TR

        Yes, but they’re second to the Cardinals.

    • RedBB

      Dumb that MLB calls an unofficial spring game unofficial

  2. Indy Red Man

    Who is this Mike Ford guy? He put a little doubt into my “Shaken not stirred” Martini man crush. Turns out I have the loyalty of a 6 year old so I checked out the new guys stats and saw 16 Hrs in 219 at-bats so he’s my new man crush. 16 hrs in 219 in that sea air on the West coast and in that park? Thats impressive if he’s above Mendoza and can take a walk

    • Rick

      I liked Martini as PH/role player in 2023. Since he has an option remaining that’ll be useful with the Bats.

    • Old-school

      If he can get hit by pitched another 20x, it’s Derek Dietrich. he was AS caliber first half of 2019 maybe and a character.

      • Rick

        DD sure was, Old School. Derek was unreal before the AS break as you have stated.

    • TR

      That’s good news about Joey Votto and the Blue Jays. I wish him well and hope he’s injury free and can help his hometown Jays.

    • MK

      All the Koolaid drinkers can go to Columbus the week of April 16 and see the old guy play as Buffalo will be in town.. I happened to see him there last year in one of his numerous rehab games,

      • Mark Moore

        I may have to head over to Durham if the stars align and he actually plays for the Bisons.

    • Indy Red Man

      I don’t get it, but I’m not a professional athlete. If I had that kind of money though? I’d travel and see things and live life. Doesn’t LeBron get tired of basketball at some point? Joey said he’d retire if he wasn’t up to his standards and for some reason I believed him. Idk? They really can’t live without that competition I guess, but it wouldn’t be my move

      • greenmtred

        Good question, Indy. Maybe he still loves to play and won’t get it out of his system until he knows that he can’t play at a satisfactory level?

  3. MBS

    Nice snag by India. It’s good to see him playing again. Now where is Mr McLain?

  4. Oldtimer

    I heard Martinez radio interview on WLW this week. He started his baseball career as 2B but switched to P later. He prefers to start but is happy to relieve if that’s where he fits on the Reds. He was a closer earlier in his career. I think he fits well on the 2024 Reds.

    • Melvin

      ” I think he fits well on the 2024 Reds.”

      He sure did tonight.

    • JasonFranklin

      There is no reason he shouldn’t be in the rotation if he keeps pitching as well as he did.

  5. sultanofswaff

    Betts, Ohtani, Freeman on nine pitches. Spring training or not I hope Martinez remembers that forever.

    He was at 45 pitches through four innings. I hope Hunter Greene was watching closely.

    • mac624

      The biggest think about Martinez vs Greene is Nick is 33 years old and Hunter is 24. As Hunter matures, I hope that his pitch count effectiveness improves as well.

  6. Johnny Benchsitter

    My lineups for the Reds;
    Against RH Starters:
    Friedl CF
    McLain 2B
    Steer 1B
    Candalario 3B
    CES DH
    Fraley LF
    Stephenson C
    Benson RF

    Against LH Starters:
    India DH
    Friedl CF
    McLain 2B
    Steer 1B
    Candalario 3B
    CES 1B
    Stephenson C
    Fairchild RF
    Barrero SS

  7. Jim Delaney

    As well as Martinez is pitching right now very difficult to not see him in the opening rotation. Some tough decisions still to come but at this time it all ks like Greene, Martinez, Montas, Ashcraft and Williamson and then Abbott and Lodolo are in battle to be the 6th starter… I think all seven of healthy are on roster but someone will be in pen… I kind of like Lodolo out of pen. I am concerned his injury history won’t allow him to be a 150 inning type pitcher. His stuff is nasty, need to see if his body and arm could bounce back quickly if he was used in a one or two inning situation..

    • Reaganspad

      Don’t Aroldis Chapman Nick Lodolo please…

      • Indy Red Man

        He might do it to himself? Even when he’s healthy its 95 pitches thru 5 innings

    • Doc

      If spring training performance counts for anything, Greene is currently about the Reds number 4 rotation piece, maybe number 5. He scoffs at the number of walks and says ‘he’s a professional’ and can fix that. It’s about time he starts to fix it. I’ll be pleased as punch to see it when it happens, if it happens.

    • Chris

      Abbott is in front of Williamson… No matter what happens in spring training, because of his performance last year….

  8. Ghostrunner_onthird

    From our seats Martinez looked absolutely locked in. Tyler simply put up the glove and he hit it. When we saw the lightening move in we knew the game would get “called.” The combination of rain + Phoenix traffic was a nightmare – took almost two hours to get to the hotel. On to Salt River Field today.

  9. Jim Delaney

    If you tell me right now you make Lodolo a reliever and he will have an Aroldis Chapman like career I am all in….

    • Reaganspad

      Not me. Aroldis should have had a Clayton Kershaw carreer.

      Starters worth more than relievers. Randy Johnson could have been a great reliever. Why you want to take half of the value away from a player makes no sense to me.

      If Lodolo is 28 and performing at the same level as the last 3 years, then MAYBE you talk about him being a reliever.

      • Indy Red Man

        He didn’t want to start. Kind of cowardly imo, but that was his call. He didn’t want to ration the heater.

      • Doug Gray

        This is a little bit of revisionist history. But also not entirely incorrect.

        Chapman proclaimed he wanted to start for like 2-3 years to start his big league career before he began to say he liked being a closer.

      • greenmtred

        He was also a two-pitch pitcher who was effective in relief and benefited from being a very hard thrower at a time when they weren’t as common as they are now.

    • MBS

      If we didn’t have Diaz I’d agree with you Jim. I don’t mind sacrificing a good starter in order to create a great reliever.

      In fact next year, I might be on board with Lodolo as a backend reliever. How he performs this year, and how Lowder, and Petty perform will have a lot to do with that decision for me.

  10. Ron

    Martinez could be the most effective starter in the rotation.

    • Reaganspad

      How many years have the Reds been able to add 2 starters like Montas and Martinez? Looks like $30 mil well spent.

      I know, neither of these guys are Luke Weaver and will still need to prove that the team can win 12 of their games with or without their ERA at 7.00, but hey that is why you play the games….

  11. Stan

    Going to be interesting to see who ends up in the starting five.

  12. Doug

    The Nick Martinez perfect game take is exactly the content I am looking for.