The Cincinnati Reds hit the road on Saturday afternoon to take on the reigning National League champion Arizona Diamondbacks. They would go back-and-forth on the day, with the runs scored in the final inning being the difference in the game.

Game Recap: Reds 7 – Dbacks 5

Both teams would score a run in the 1st inning, but Arizona grabbed a lead in the 2nd and held it until the 6th. From there the two teams would trade multi-run innings before Cincinnati scored three runs in the top of the 9th to take the lead for good as they picked up their 7th win of the spring.

The Highlights

Cincinnati got some help right out of the gate. TJ Friedl hit a shallow fly ball into left field and Joc Pederson couldn’t come up with it cleanly and was charged with an error, and Friedl was able to get to second base on the play. An infield single by Spencer Steer put runners on the corners with no outs. Steer would steal second base and when the throw went to second, Friedl sprinted home for a double steal and a run scored to put the Reds up 1-0.

Arizona got that run back in the bottom of the inning as the defending National League champions put together three straight hits against Andrew Abbott, capped off by an RBI double by Christian Walker that tied the game up.

Abbott would strike out the first two batters of the 2nd inning, but a 2-out walk opened up the flood gates so to speak. Arizona got back-to-back doubles after that from Corbin Carroll and Ketel Marte as the Diamondbacks tacked on two runs to take a 3-1 lead. Cincinnati got one of those runs back in the top of the 4th when Luke Maile led off with a double and scored on a single by Tony Kemp.

Andrew Abbott returned to the mound to begin the bottom of the 4th inning, but after giving up a leadoff single he was pulled after having thrown 67 pitches (43 strikes). The lefty allowed seven hits and walked one batter to go along with five strikeouts in his three plus innings of work. Braxton Roxby took over for Abbott and he needed just 11 pitches to retire the site.

When the bottom of the 5th came around it was Connor Phillips that headed out to the mound out of the Reds bullpen. He threw a perfect inning and then he got some help from his offense in the 6th when Luke Maile singled and scored on a 2-run homer from Nick Martini.

Phillips returned for the bottom of the inning and worked around a 2-out double for another shutout inning to hold onto the Reds 4-3 lead. Emilio Pagan took over in the 7th, making his spring debut in the process, and he struck out two of the three hitters he faced in a perfect inning.

Things got a bit weird in the bottom of the 8th inning. With no one on and one out, Jack Hurley hit a ball deep into left-center. Hector Rodriguez appeared to catch the ball on the warning track. As he had his arm extended to make the catch, left fielder Jack Rogers collided with him and went down. Rodriguez remained on his feet, but Hurley rounded the bases and was credited with an inside-the-park home run much to the dismay of broadcasters Jim Day and Jeff Brantley. Rodriguez, who held the ball in his glove up in the air for the umpire to see, never threw the ball into the infield as he awaited for the training staff to come check on Rogers. After being checked out he remained in the game.

A single and an RBI double would follow, turning what was then a tie game into a 1-run lead for Arizona. Sims would mix in a walk with two strikeouts after that to end the inning.

Cincinnati trailed 5-4 entering the top of the 9th but they went to work with one out. Miguel Hernandez and Quincy McAfee had back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners. Hector Rodriguez then came through with a double to bring in a run and tie the game up.

Jack Rogers then singled in two more runs to put the Reds up 7-5. Tejay Antone took the mound for the bottom of the 9th inning. He worked around a walk while striking out two and getting a line out to end the game.

TJ Friedl went 1-2 with a double, two walks, a steal, and a run scored. Spencer Steer went 2-4 with a steal. Luke Maile went 2-3 with a double and two runs scored. Tony Kemp went 2-3 with an RBI.

You can see the box score for the game here.

Sunday’s Game

The Cincinnati Reds will play “host” to the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 4:05pm ET.

21 Responses

  1. earmbrister

    According to the box score, Jack Rogers has a career MLB BA of .600 and an OPS+ of 1.200.

    Why isn’t he playing more?

    The Reds don’t know Jack!

    • greenmtred

      I had to look it up, Earmbrister: five at-bats.

  2. Randy in Chatt

    Is there any video on the “faux inside the parker”? I was listening and was confused as well.

    • Doug Gray

      There is video but it’s basically shot from Anaheim and you can’t really see the ball at any point. I saw the video. I can not share the video at this point.

      The umpire clearly signaled “safe”, as in the ball was “live” while the runner was still running around the infield. Rodriguez should have thrown the ball in at that point, even if he believed he had the ball the entire way (which it seemed clear that he did given his actions).

      • Doc

        It’s ST. Had this been a regular season game, a challenge would likely have reversed the call given the greater camera coverage at MLB games.

  3. MK

    I figure there are two position player spots up for grabs that comes down to two of Harrisson, Ford, Kemp and Martini. Martini has the advantage of being on the 40-man and being a left-handed replacement at first base when CES needs a day-off. Harrison has the hometown sentimental and versatility edge.

    • Noah

      It’s 1 in my opinion. I think they carry 13 pitchers so only 4 bench players. Stu, India, and Malie make up 3. I do think Martini has the edge right now but it isn’t cause he will back up CES since he would be 4th on that list. I think it comes down to Martini or Bubba. Bubba has had the better spring but Martini is already on the 40 and they like him for some reason. I don’t think either would get more than 1 or 2 games a week baring injuries of course.

    • DaveCT

      It’s too bad Miguel Hernandez hasn’t had as much game time as the two older infielders.

    • wkuchad

      How do you figure two. Fairchild and Barrero were potentially fighting for the last spot. Now Fairchild has that locked up. Only spot remaining is Marte’s.

      My guess is Martini gets it.

      • MBS

        Yesterday, Barrero had a spot locked up according to most on here. I wouldn’t say Fairchild has a spot locked up. Thompson is easily as solid of an option as Fairchild, and Martini is also too close to call.

        Kemp, and Harrison are likely fighting for the other spot.

      • DaveCT

        Fairchild may have the lead over Thompson based on spring performance but also career numbers.

        Fairchild’s career slash line is 230/.322/402, with an OPS of .724.

        His career HR, K and BB rates are 2.0%, 27.1% and 9.8%.

        Thompson’s career slash line is 242/286/.305, and an OPS of 591.

        His HR, K, and BB rates are 0.4%,29.9% and 4.6%.

      • RedBB

        They need a RH bat or they will be forced to play Benson or Fraley vs LHP. I don’t think Martini gets the spot.

      • MBS

        BTW I think Fairchild has an excellent shot at 1 of the 2 remaining spots. I just buck a bit when people determine that these guys at the end of the roster are locks.

        @Dave, the thing with Bubba is he’s the perfect 13th man. His speed is EDLC elite type speed. He should be able to PR/DR/PH nearly every game. The 4 OF’s should be getting the starts, he’s just there to help the team in key spots.

        @Red, It really depends on how they use India. Benson, and Fraley are the 2 that “need” to be substituted for when a LHP is in the game, and we already have Steer to cover 1 of those spots. They said India was going to play the OF, but if not a RHB makes more sense as the 5th OF.

        If they do use India in the OF, then adding Martini gives the Reds a 4th LHB. He, or Fraley could DH in a game where we want to stack a LHB heaven lineup. Add in EDLC and Candelario as switches and they could punish some RHP’s.

      • DaveCT

        MBS, I agree. Thompson obviously has talent (I like that speed in the OF too). We could (should) be adding India to your list of RH options in the outfield as well.

  4. Tom Reeves

    Barrero simply couldn’t hit MLB breaking balls. He proved he could do everything else except that. I’m guessing the Reds were looking for something to suggest he had breaking pitches figured out and didn’t see it. Other teams have scouts and those scouts saw him this spring and 23 other teams passed on him – for a reason.

    Maybe the Reds bungled his development. Maybe they didn’t. But we’re quick to assign motives to Krall and Bell when we don’t have any facts other than his performance. And his performance continually suggested he struggled with breaking balls without signs of figuring it out. Hopefully we find out the rest of the story so we can we argue over something completely different but equally trivial.

    • Tom Reeves

      Not sure why I posted this in this thread. Odd. Sorry about that

      • Doc

        Glad you did. Every thread needs a dose of rational thought, common sense, and humor. You got them all in a well written piece.

        One might add that what happened to Barrero was centered around the Covid time frame. A lot of untoward things happened during that couple of year stretch. In my mind, Barrero has been more a victim of Covid than of the Reds system and decisions. Either that, or the Reds got a whole lot smarter very quickly judging from the success thus far of their youth movement.

      • Tom Reeves

        Thanks, Doc.

        Covid definitely had an impact. It turns out the players who went to the AAA summer camp but didn’t play games in 2020 made a lot of progress but Barrero was with the MLB club as a very young player. But no one knew the players who went to the AAA summer camp would make that kind of progress – I think most expected the opposite. But I’m not sure any amount of development fixes Barrero’s issue – not seeing the breaking ball. He’s not the first player in history to have every tool needed for MLB success except being able to see the breaking ball – and it’s fatal. And it’s usually only discovered once the player reaches the majors. The Reds and the other team scouts are in a great position to know if this is an adjustment issue or a fatal flaw and I think it’s been determined to be a fatal flaw. The greatest basketball player of all time also had the same issue in baseball. Jordan could see the breaking ball in simulations but couldn’t see it live. It was fatal to his MLB dreams.

        The only other explanations would be pure speculation and I think the Reds are classy enough not to leak that sort of stuff if attitude is an issue or if suspected PEDs use is in the mix.

        Again, all we have as evidence is his performance and his performance suggests he’s an AAAA caliber player who struggles with the MLB breaking ball.