In the spring training Battle of Ohio that is fought in Arizona, Cleveland topped the Reds on Sunday night. But it was the news that broke as the game was beginning that was the most important for Cincinnati, and that was that outfielder TJ Friedl has a fractured wrist and would miss opening day and then some. Following the game there was more bad news as it came out that Brandon Williamson exited with shoulder soreness.

Game Recap: Guardians 4 – Reds 2

Cleveland scored early, plating two runs in both the 1st and 2nd innings. They made that hold up behind a strong spring start from Shane Bieber before the Reds would touch up the Guardians bullpen late in the game. Luke Maile doubled and homered, but it wasn’t enough on the night where there were only three hits from his teammates.

The Highlights

It wasn’t a good start for Brandon Williamson in the bottom of the 1st. After getting a fly out to begin the inning he allowed a single and walked three straight batters before a ground out played a second run of the inning and put Cleveland up 2-0. The next inning didn’t go better as he allowed a 1-out double and a 1-out triple before a wild pitch led to two more runs as the Guardians built their lead to 4-0.

Michael Byrne took over for Cincinnati in the 3rd inning and he tossed a scoreless frame and then followed it up with another one. Tejay Antone then came out of the bullpen to pitch for the 5th. He made quick work of Cleveland, but got a little help to start the inning when Christian Encarnacion-Strand made a diving catch on a liner for the first out of a 1-2-3 inning.

Cincinnati would finally get on the board in the top of the 6th. Luke Maile would lead off the inning with a double against Shane Bieber, but back-to-back strikeouts put them on the verge of wasting the opportunity. Cleveland went to the bullpen at that point to bring in Anthony Goss, and Spencer Steer greeted him with an RBI single to cut into the Guardians lead and make it 4-1.

Tejay Antone returned for the bottom of the 6th and he retired Cleveland in order for a second straight inning. This was his first multi-inning outing of the spring. Buck Farmer followed Antone with a perfect inning of his own in the bottom of the 7th.

Luke Maile led off the 8th inning with his 3rd home run of the spring, making it a 4-2 ballgame. It raised his average to .500 on the spring and he’s slugging over 1.000.

Fernando Cruz pitched another perfect inning of relief for the Reds in the 8th inning, holding the deficit at two runs. Cincinnati would need to rally in the top of the 9th, but the Reds went down in order on three strikeouts to end the game.

You can see the box score for this game here.

Monday’s Game

The Reds return to the field on Monday night. They are at home in Goodyear and will be hosting the San Francisco Giants. There’s no television coverage. 700 WLW will have the radio broadcast. First pitch is set for 9:05pm ET.

5 Responses

  1. Reddawgs2012

    As a whole, this spring is not going very well.

  2. Mark A Verticchio

    This team does not appear to be ready to go in 11 days. Injuries and poor pitching is hurting as well as some players not hitting.

  3. Doc4uk

    Somehow this has been the trend with David Bell as manager. Not sure why?

  4. Melvin

    “There’s no television coverage.”

    Of course not. 😉

    • TR

      This great blog, and other sports outlets, keep me informed regarding my team. I’ve also cancelled MLB.com because of it’s automatic renewal. No chance to subscribe year by year.