A day after blowing out the Chicago White Sox, the Cincinnati Reds came out flat against the defending World Series champions. The Texas Rangers grabbed an early lead and kept adding to it, putting the game away early.

Game Recap: Rangers 7 – Reds 4

Cincinnati trailed after the 1st inning and were down 7-0 after four. The Rangers wouldn’t score again after that, but the Reds offense didn’t really get a whole lot going until a Miguel Hernandez homer in the 7th and the scoring they did from there was too little, too late.

The Highlights

On Thursday night the control for Tejay Antone wasn’t there. He gave up a leadoff single and then hit two batters to load the bases, but he would have gotten out of it if not for an error on Tejay Friedl with two outs that allowed two runs to score. Texas would add another run in the 2nd inning on a Marcus Simen double off of Brooks Kriske.

Things took a big turn in the Rangers favor in the bottom of the 4th inning. Buck Farmer entered the game and loaded the bases with one out. That set the stage for Wyatt Langford, who hit a grand slam – his 5th homer of the spring – to put his club up 7-0.

The Reds would finally get on the board in the top of the 7th inning when Miguel Hernandez homered off of Jonathan Hernandez, making it 7-1. Things would get a bit interesting in the top of the 9th with two outs when Hernandez reached on catchers interference and then scored on a double by James Free. Allan Cerda then unloaded on a long 2-run home run to center to make it 7-4. But that’s where the attempted comeback came to an end as a strikeout followed and the Rangers sealed the victory.

You can see the box score for the game here.

The Spring Breakout

Prior to the big league game the Reds took on the Rangers in the Spring Breakout prospect series. Cincinnati’s prospect team came out on top by a score of 4-1. Cam Collier hit a go-ahead 2-run homer in the 2nd inning of the game and the Reds held that lead the rest of the way.

Two innings later the Reds put together a rally that started when Michael Trautwein was hit by a pitch. Sal Stewart and Carlos Sanchez then smacked back-to-back doubles to plate two runs and extend the lead to 4-1. That’s where the score remained the rest of the way.

The Reds got strong pitching throughout the game. Julian Aguiar got the start and allowed one run in his 3.0 innings. Rhett Lowder followed up with 2.0 hitless innings with two strikeouts, and then Hunter Parks tossed the final 2.0 innings of the 7-inning contest while giving up just one hit and striking out three batters.

Cincinnati’s prospect team will be back on the field on Saturday to take on the prospect team for the Cleveland Guardians.

You can see the box score for this game here.

Friday’s Game

The Reds return to the field on Friday afternoon against the Kansas City Royals. They’ll host the Royals with first pitch set for 4:05pm ET. The game will be on Bally Sports Ohio and the radio coverage will be on 1360 WSAI.

14 Responses

  1. Indy Red Man

    Really hope Candy isn’t Moose 2.0? I remember thinking Candy must be one of the worst middle of the order hitters in the bigs early in his career, but he’s had some nice years too. Cautiously optimistic he won’t be Moose, but not expecting big numbers either

    • Oldtimer

      It’s spring training. No worries.

    • mac624

      Any reasoning deducted from spring training, good or bad, is false reasoning.

  2. Rednat

    Of all the reds young guns in the minors and with the big club, I am most excited about Cam Collier. I think he has a Griffey Junior kind of swing. So smooth!

    • DaveCT

      His swing, build, etc. had been compared to Rafael Devers.

  3. Klugo

    Hope Antone’s performance was not health-related.

    • Jimbo44CN

      I watched it and no, just not real sharp. His breaking ball was breaking about two feet, just kind of went where he did not want it and hit a guy. He looked good physically.

  4. MK

    Typical, fun part of spring games, two #44s in the game neither of whom named de la Cruz. #44 Free scored on a home run by #44 Cerda.

    Antone is having to change his style somewhat as it seems he doesn’t have the velocity he had prior to recent elbow issues. Maybe he can regain some more and no doubt can still be successful, but different.

    • MBS

      @MK, I haven’t seen any data on Antone, what was his velo? It will be interesting to see his spin rate. That was also said to be a big part of Antone’s success.

      • Doug Gray

        Antone’s brought back the 2-seamer since returning from his surgery. He dropped it after throwing it in the minors and only threw a 4-seamer in 2020 and 2021 when he averaged 96 and 97 MPH in those seasons. Since his return he’s averaged 93.4 (2023) and 92.3 (ST this year) with his fastball. Spin rate is down, but still well above-average for big leaguers on his breaking stuff.

  5. old-school

    Player comps are always dicey but is Sal Stewart another potential Spencer Steer? Looks like a solid righty hitter with some pop.

    • DaveCT

      Stewart is built more like CES than he is Spencer Steer, but without CES’s swing rate at stuff out of the zone (high). Stewart walks about the same, or less, than he K’s and reportedly has an excellent ability to recognize spin. So he’s a largish guy with a plus hit tool and power, not a smallish guy with an above average hit tool and pop. He’s also really worked on toning his body and is pretty athletic.

      • old-school

        Thx @ Dave. Sounds like the pipeline is still turned on.