Cincinnati’s night started out with Matt McLain being scratched from the lineup with a sore shoulder. The Reds did get several strong outings on the mound, and saw Sam Moll make his first appearance of the spring and Justin Wilson take the mound for the first time with the club since signing.

Game Recap: Giants 4 – Reds 2

Frankie Montas struck out five batters over 4.0 innings in his best start of the spring and Tony Santillan kept his strong spring going. But the offense struggled to push runners across the plate, and they had a 9th inning rally fall short.

The Highlights

Frankie Montas was cruising through the first three innings of the game. He had allowed justone hit and struck out five batters while not giving up any runs. But in the 4th inning two infield hits with a stolen base mixed in led to Montas being charged with a run as the Giants took a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning Jake Fraley fouled a ball off and it came back up and appeared to hit him in the general area where one would wear a cup and he exited the game mid at-bat. He was able to walk through the outfield and exit through the back of the stadium to head back to the Reds complex all on his own about 10 minutes later.

Sam Moll took over for Cincinnati in the 5th inning. It was the first game he’s pitched in this spring and it showed. He walked the first batter he faced, then gave up back-to-back singles to bring in a run. He then walked another batter to load the bases. That resulted in a mound visit from pitching coach Derek Johnson. Moll responded by getting a ground ball that turned into a double play, but another run scored as San Francisco took a 3-0 lead. After falling behind 3-0 to the next hitter, Moll battled back to get to a full count before a fly out ended the inning.

When the 6th inning began it was newcomer Justin Wilson heading to the mound for his 2024 debut with the Reds. He made quick work of the Giants lineup, striking out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect inning of work. Cincinnati got to work in thebottom of the inning when Jeimer Candelario led off with a triple and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Nick Martini that cut the lead to 3-1.

San Francisco got that run back rather quickly in the top of the 7th against Emilio Pagan. After Joey Bart walked to lead off the inning he came around to score when Ismael Munguia tripled. Pagan then retired the next three batters while keeping the runner at third.

Tony Santillan came out of the bullpen for the 8th inning and he struck out the side. He has allowed just one hit in five innings this spring, walked no one, hit no one, allowed no runs, and he has 10 strikeouts.

In the top of the 9th Brooks Kriske, who was reassigned to minor league camp earlier in the day, took over for the Reds. He worked around a walk for a hitless inning. Cincinnati trailed 4-1 and needed to put together a rally for the victory.

Francisco Urbaez came off of the bench as a pinch hitter and led off the inning with a line drive into center for a base hit. Alexander Ovalles followed up with a single of his own. Jacob Hurtubise was then hit by the next pitch and the bases were loaded with no outs. While facing Luis Chevalier, Blayne Enlow balked to bring in a run and move each of the runners up a bag. Chevalier would ground out and neither runner advanced. Back-to-back strikeouts followed and the game was over with the Giants holding on for a 4-2 win.

Jeimer Candelario finished the night with a double and a triple. He had the Reds only two extra-base hits on the night and was the only Red with two hits in the game.

You can see the box score for this game here.

Tuesday’s Game

The Reds get back on the field tomorrow afternoon. They will be hitting the road to take on the Los Angeles Angels. The game will be on Bally Sports Ohio. Radio coverage is available on 700 WLW. First pitch is set for 4:10pm ET.

24 Responses

  1. Rednat

    I’m upset about the Josh Harrison move.
    Ownership has impeccable timing I tell you. We loose Marte, now Friedl is out. Now McLain is a question mark. Our season is in peril let’s face it.
    Why not give Harrison a chance? He would be the first cincinnati public school graduate to play for the reds since the Ron Oester, Leon Durham,Skeeter Barnes days of the late 1980’s . ( I think)
    I know technically Princeton is not part of the Cincy public school system, but still, I think it would be a pretty big deal
    For a lot of people in this town. Maybe not for the hard-core fans on this site but for the casual fan within the city limits, it may get them to check out the team for a first time in a long time.

    Who would he” block” at this point?

    Somebody said it best yesterday. Reds ownership may know baseball but they don’t know people well. And they don’t have a great connection with the people of the city at all.

    • Greenfield Red

      While I too was pulling for JH, they told him he wouldn’t make the roster after NM was out, TJF was hurt, and knowing MM is behind. If he would have been in position to help considering those circumstances, they would not have told him he wouldn’t make the team.

      They have to structure the roster to win the best they can, and obviously they didn’t think he was the best remaining option. Thankfully, they didn’t let their hearts get in the way.

    • TR

      Cincinnati has had a N.L. baseball franchise since 1882 {142} seasons} and another one is about to begin.

    • Frostgiant80

      I want to see them win ML baseball games. Not do favors for guys who went to some school near Cincinnati.

    • PTBNL

      Do we know the agreement he made with the Reds? He might have had an opt-out date the day he was released. If so, who can blame the Reds for that. We got Justin Wilson for the exact same reason (early opt out). The players do early opt outs to give them a chance to catch on with a team before the team breaks for the regular season.

      • old-school

        I believe his opt-out date was tomorrow so Reds did him a favor by letting him know he wasn’t going to make the team so he could still have time to find a spot elsewhere

    • BK

      Fans of all stripes will respond to winning. The franchise made the right decision. While i am not from Cincinnati, I do enjoy watching hometown players, but the nostalgia wears off quickly if they don’t perform well.

    • Tom Diesman

      Well, I guess you can latch on to Luke Maile from Covington Catholic instead.

    • David

      Josh Harrison is a nice guy, well liked by fans.
      At 37 years old, he is not much of a hitter anymore. See his numbers the last couple of years.
      Last year he batted 0.204 and had a -0.8 WAR
      In 2022 he did bat .256 with around 386 official at bats with the White Sox.
      I think time has passed him by.
      If the roster was made up of good guys with great personality, that translated into “winning”, then Josh would be on the team.

  2. SultanofSwaff

    Nice to see Santillan having success. Hopefully the injuries are in the past because I’ve always thought he could profile nicely as a high leverage reliever.

    Candelario has been brutal so far this spring, so I decided to look up his stats from his last 4 spring trainings. He’s been good in a couple and not that good in a couple. Fortunately, it had no bearing on the numbers he put up when the regular season started.

  3. old-school

    Santillan is an interesting reliever.
    He and Gutierrez were top prospects in 2021 and he was throwing 6-7 innings as a starter in AAA and came up and moved to the bullpen. His FB and slider were a great 1/2 punch. Had the crippling back injury in 2022 and was shut down for long time and never bounced back in 2023. If he could get back to his 95+ FB and wipe out slider, he could be an important bullpen piece. Hope he figures it out.

    • BK

      Santillan appears to be in fantastic shape again. I expect him to help the Reds this year and reestablish himself as a major leaguer this season.

      • Tom Diesman

        It looks like he’s going to make them make another tough 40 man roster move.

      • AllTheHype

        He’s been pretty dominant. It’s great to see.

    • DaveCT

      Santillan is also a favorite of mine. He’s got a good reliever mentality in my opinion. Kind of a mean streak. An intimidator.

  4. MBS

    The new guys having good showings, Montas 4 strong, and a 2B, and 3B for Candy!

  5. MK

    The Friedl injury just might give Bubba Thompson his roster spot. The active roster needs another righthanded bat and he has the most experience as a part time player.

    • BK

      He has the inside track if the Reds don’t go external. Of course, if the Reds are looking to go external, it begs the question: Why claim him twice?

  6. MBS

    Do we know if Martinez, or Ashcraft is the 3?

    1 Montas 2 Greene 3 ? 4 ? 5 (Abbott/Williamson)

    • Tom Diesman

      I haven’t seen that anywhere yet. But if it were me, I’d have Martinez 3rd in the event that he goes back to the bullpen when Lodolo returns to split the lefties up at 3rd and 5th.

  7. docmike

    A good start from Montas, and a good day at the dish for Candelario. That should calm down some of the folks on here who freak out over spring training stats.

  8. Krozley

    Kemp released today. Apparently Jake Marisnick is about to opt out of his contract with the Angels. I think he would be a good roster fill-in for Friedl to be a late inning defensive replacement (he is very good in CF) and occasional starter against lefties (he is right-handed). He is also supposedly a great clubhouse guy and at least is hitting really well in ST this year. If not him, I’d go with Bubba.

  9. MBS

    Marte should be shagging flyballs until his suspension is over. I liked him for CF/RF even before Friedl’s injury.