There’s bad nights and then there’s BAD nights. The Chicago White Sox made sure that for much of the Cincinnati Reds pitching staff it was a BAD night in a blowout win.

Game Recap: White Sox 14 – Reds 1

Chicago scored runs in six different innings and multiple runs in four of those innings. The Reds only managed one run in the game as the offense struggled to get the bat on the ball. Fortunately for everyone involved on Cincinnati’s side of things – this is just a practice game that doesn’t count in the standings.

The Highlights

Graham Ashcraft worked around a leadoff single in the 1st inning. He couldn’t do the same thing in the next one as that leadoff single was followed up by a a double and a single that put the White Sox up 1-0. A double play followed, but it brought in a second run to build onto the Chicago lead. Cincinnati would get one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning when Jonathan India crushed a solo home run to cut the lead in half.

In the top of the 3rd it was Andrew Benintendi singled to lead off the inning and he would come around to score when Luis Robert Jr. hit a 2-run homer to extend the lead for Chicago to 4-1. The White Sox would tack on another run in the 4th when back-to-back walks preceded an RBI single by Benintendi as he continued to be a problem on the night.

Fernando Cruz took over for Graham Ashcraft to start the 5th, but that change didn’t alter what Chicago had going as both Luis Robert Jr. and Mike Moustakas hit solo homers in the inning to extend their lead to 7-1.

When Emilio Pagan took over in the 6th inning things didn’t get any better as he served up a leadoff homer to Martin Maldanado. Things did get better in the 7th when Buck Farmer was on the mound. He made quick work of the White Sox as he struck out all three batters he faced.

Everything went south in the 8th for Alex Young. He walked the leadoff batter before serving up a 2-run homer to Lenyn Sosa. Brett Phillips followed up with a triple before another walk put runners on the corners. Mark Payton, the former Red, then singled in a run to make it 11-1. Another former Red, Chuckie Robinson reached on an error to load the bases. Braden Shewmake then singled in two runs, sending Young to the showers without having recorded an out. Alan Busenitz came on in relief and he got a line out to begin his outing, but it plated a run as a sacrifice fly as the White Sox made it 14-1. He’d get the next two batters out to end the 6-run inning.

Tejay Antone took over in the 9th and he had to work around a 1-out double and a 1-out walk, but he was able to get the job done and keep the Reds within two touchdowns heading into the bottom of the 9th. Cincinnati went down in order to mercifully end the game.

The White Sox hit five home runs and Andrew Benintendi had four hits. The Reds had three hits. Cincinnati also struck out 17 times. You could probably say it wasn’t a great day for the Redlegs.

You can see the box score for the game here.

Wednesday’s Game

The Reds will play an afternoon game on Wednesday as they take on the San Francisco Giants. The game is scheduled for 4:05pm ET.

47 Responses

  1. Oldtimer

    Ashcraft (7.00) now has higher ST ERA than Luke Weaver (6.75) with NYY.

    • greenmtred

      Well I guess we should DFA Ashcraft, then. Cancel the season while we’re at it. Unless, of course, we can get Weaver back, a move that would assure a triumphant March through the playoffs.

    • VaRedsFan

      So you’ve resorted to Spring Training ERA’s now to try to support one of the worst takes ever on RLN?

      • wkuchad

        Looks that way.

        When I’m on my eventual deathbed, I just hope my family looks at me with the same adoration Oldtimer has for Weaver. I’ll die a happy man.

      • Reaganspad

        Yup. Ashcraft May have been upping his percentage thrown of a below average offering to work on that pitch in a spring training game of no consequense. Who knows.

        Weavers game day pitches would elicit such comments from the other team as “bring that weak ass cheese to me, meat!”

    • Oldtimer

      No adoration. Whomever replaces Weaver in SP rotation, the Reds better win 57% of his starts.

      The Reds SP rotation in 2024 is the teams’s biggest question mark. Plenty of talent in the lineup. Plenty of depth in the bullpen. The SP rotation will make or break the 2024 Reds.

      • Luke J

        You can’t possibly believe winning 57% of his starts was anything other than dumb luck, can you? They won those starts IN SPITE of his performances, not because of them. The run support was crazy.

      • greenmtred

        We all take your point. 57% is a statistical anomaly achieved almost entirely by a tired bullpen and the hitters. Whoever replaces Weaver would be doing the team few favors if he replicates the burden on pen.

      • AC

        Not a big causation vs correlation guy, are we?

      • Harry Stoner

        For some folks coincidence still equals causation.

        They can’t give it up as a world view.

        Reds play the Brewers on April 8, the day of the full lunar eclipse.

        Yankees play the Marlins, Weaver is scheduled to pitch.

        We can anticipate what the Dream Weavers will make of this.

    • jmb

      Spring stats don’t mean a thing. Some guys start out slow, some are hot right away, but they are all working on certain aspects of their game to get ready for the season. However, that is not to say that the Reds shouldn’t resume talks with the White Sox for Cease. Marte and Arroyo could be included in the deal.

  2. Melvin

    Better to have games like this in ST.

  3. Jim Walker

    Saw some comments ahead of the game that the Reds lineup looked like a potential season opening lineup. Guess this is one of those times we cross our fingers behind our backs and bravely say, “Oh well, the guys were just getting their work in”.

  4. HoF-13

    Alex Young has an infinite ERA – As a mathematician, I always find that interesting to see in the box score. If only 0 had a multiplicative inverse.

    • jmb

      He and Cruz may be the odd men left out of the bullpen. Apparently Houston is looking for bullpen help.

  5. BK

    I guess the CWS are sore that we wouldn’t trade for Cease.

  6. CI3J

    In addition to just 3 hits, the Reds also had 3 walks.

    2 were by Benson. The other was by Friedl.

    So 3H, 3BB, and 17K.

    Not a good day at the office.

    • Justin T

      You will not win many games striking out that much, make em field it. When EDC was our leadoff hitter last summer i think it was pretty obvious the Reds dont mind the strikeouts. At least I hope it was calculated, if not why put a 175-200 strikeout guy at the top of the order when you were vying for a playoff spot?

      I try to not be the out of touch older baseball fan, but watching all these strikeouts in the game today is really tough. Trading 30 homers for 180 Ks? The math just dont add up. Rally killers.

      I will say our pitchers look more than capable this spring.

  7. Klugo

    Any game Antone pitches and comes out the other end healthy is a win right now.

  8. craig swafford

    Craig Counsell said the other day you have to plan for underperformance. I think by adding Montas/Martinez/Pagan, Krall is doing that very thing. And it may not be underperformance that could stop the Reds from reaching their potential, but rather young guys not taking that next step in their development. To that end, the players that concern me the most are Greene, Lodolo (health), EDLC, and Ashcraft. I think a lot hinges on those 4.

    • Jim Walker

      I’d add in McLain and Steer stepping up to show their 2023 was not a mirage. My only concern with CES is that his production isn’t diminished by his manager’s apparent fixation on fulfilling his statement that he has “11 starters” for 9 starting slots (still now 10 with Marte on the shelf).

      • wkuchad

        But it is true he has 11 starters (now 10) for 9 slots. With both Steer and India getting outfield reps in spring training, this doesn’t bother me. There will be plenty of playing time for everyone. And how often will all 11/10 ‘starters’ be healthy at the same time?

      • Jim Walker

        My view is that a championship team needs a championship defense; and, shuffling players among positions to get PAs for 10 or 11 guys isn’t conducive to building a strong defense. Also with Marte on the shelf, they are short an everyday RH power bat if CES isn’t playing.

        I’d put CES at 1B and leave him there except for some DH days to help keep him fresh. It follows that Candelario (or India) is the everyday 3B with the other at DH. One of the 2 LH hitting corner OF that cannot hit diddle vs LH pitching becomes the LH bat off the bench and occasional DH with Steer being the everyday LF.

      • wkuchad

        I don’t disagree, and with Marte out, I really don’t think there will be that much shuffling (except for India and Steer).

        Each position has a main starter. India and Steer will be the two that rotate positions or hit DH. Against lefty starters, Fraley will be benched (maybe Benson too, though he’s gotten some playing time versus lefties in spring training), but that’s it as far as lefty/righty matchups.

      • VaRedsFan

        Steer is not a rotational piece.

      • wkuchad

        Sure he is. What’s his position? He’ll be starting as much as any “starter”, but he’ll be rotating positions.

      • MBS

        @VA, ok if Steer isn’t, then who is? McLain? Friedl? EDLC?

        I don’t actually know the answer, but when you have 11 guys who all seem like no brainer everyday starters, a few of them are going to have to play the utility role.

        We have Arroyo, Dunn, Hinds, and Hurtubise who could all graduate at some point this year. My guess is 2 of them do, and 1 plays well enough in the MLB to warrant everyday playing time.

        That’s 12 everyday guys for 9 spots. I’m assuming we see a couple/few trades in the offseason to shape the roster into a more functional unit.

      • VaRedsFan

        @WKU – He is an everyday outfielder. Mainly because he hits both lefties and righties.

      • VaRedsFan

        @ MBS – Those graduation guys are not going to see much time unless there’s a serious injury (certainly possible). Even then, they won’t be in the main rotation. RH hitting OF’ers have the best chance, if Fraley or Benson get hurt.

      • MBS

        @VA, “RH hitting OF’ers have the best chance” I think that’s right. I’m guessing Dunn is the guy, but we’ll see.

        Arroyo is so far away, and buried in the depth chart that his performance would have to be undeniable to make it.

        The point still remains that we have more guys who deserve an everyday position, than we have positions.

      • Justin T

        You have 9 starters not 11 is what needs to be tattooed on the manager’s hand. You have 9 starters and a couple of good backups. Its the mentality that would set him free from himself.

        98 percent of baseball players would tell you they do not like playing musical chairs with their position or where they hit in the order. Creatures of habit and its much easier to prepare yourself.

      • wkuchad

        “98 percent of baseball players would tell you they do not like playing musical chairs with their position or where they hit in the order.”

        Maybe their position, but I find this highly unlikely for where they hit in the batting order.

      • 2020ball

        I find it highly unlikely that players are upset about moving positions, theyre professionals and should be expected to do whatever the team needs. In fact, Steer seemed to embrace it. The dodgers have constantly shifted an MVP around and i dont see any complaints. This constant whine about players moving positions is yet another poorly evidenced cryfest that many of the commenters here will buy into because it fits their argument. Reality is apparently an afterthought around here.

      • 2020ball

        Can someone please please find the quote from CES about how hes upset there are multiple players on the team with the ability to start?

        Do any of you even for a second think about how a player might want to support his teammates instead of constantly thinking selfishly instead?? Anyone??

      • Melvin

        “I find it highly unlikely that players are upset about moving positions”

        I think most, if they had their preference, would rather just stay at one position. I think very few actually like moving around but there are some. However virtually all would rather move around and play on a regular basis rather than sit more often. Like it or not that’s the roster Krall has constructed and that’s the way it’s going to be. I do believe defense does suffer at times with that philosophy.

    • VaRedsFan

      Next steps are very important in the development of all the young guys. I wish they all could, be the reality is that a few of them won’t. I’m concerned about all of them. My only wish is that they all stay healthy so we can get a fair assessment of their performance.

  9. Jimbo44CN

    Glad it’s ST but any team is bound to have a bad day/night. I was at that gem last year when the Sox beat them by about the same score. NO fun but it happens to all teams. Like I said, glad it was ST.

  10. Mark Moore

    India’s sprint speed to first looked pretty good. Didn’t seem hobbled at all.

    • jmb

      Seems he feels he’s got something to prove, due to all the trade talk and the new contract.

      • wkuchad

        I’m expecting a good year from India if he stays healthy. He lost his 2nd base fulltime gig. He’ll be playing with a chip on his shoulder, and I think that’ll be a good thing for the Reds.

  11. 2020ball

    98 percent of the commenters here parade opinion as fact, mention the manager in every post wether warrented or not, and obviously know what every player on the team is thinking at all times.