On a day where the Reds didn’t use their bench all that much, it was the pitching that struggled. Los Angeles pounded out 12 hits and 10 runs on the day while only one of the five pitchers used by Cincinnati managed to record more than one out and not allow a run.

Game Recap: Angels 10 – Reds 6

Cincinnati took an early 1-0 lead, but the Angels scored three runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning and never looked back as they played add on throughout the game. Hunter Greene topped the 90-pitch mark on the day, but was inconsistent as he allowed seven runs on the afternoon. The Reds would make it interesting in the 6th inning as they plated five runs, but Los Angeles got several of those runs back in the bottom of the inning to put the game away.

The Highlights

After both teams failed to score in the 1st, Cincinnati went to work in the 2nd. Stuart Fairchild lined a double down the left field line that stayed fair by the stitching on the baseball and then he scored when Mike Ford followed up with a blooper into center.

The Reds didn’t hold their lead all that long as Brandon Drury doubled on a grounder down the line to start the inning and then came around to score when Jo Adell singled back up the middle to tie the game up. They weren’t finished there, though, as Zach Neto came through with a 2-out, 2-run home run that put the Angels up 3-1.

Neither team got much going again until the bottom of the 5th. An infield single was followed up by a grounder by Spencer Steer at second base to begin the inning. Aaron Hicks would steal second base to put two men in scoring position and that worked out for Livan Soto, who lined a 2-run single into right field to put the Angels up 5-1. Anthony Rendon would add another run to the ledger with a 2-out single that made it 6-1. That was it for Hunter Greene after 91 pitches.

Evan Kravetz came out of the bullpen for Cincinnati and allowed an infield hit to begin his outing. Jo Adell hit a hard grounder that Elly De La Cruz dove for and grabbed and was able to get a force out at second for the second out of the inning.

Adell would steal second base before Miguel Sano singled off of the glove of a diving Christian Encarnacion-Strand to bring in two more runs and make it 8-1.

Cincinnati got a rally going in the top of the 6th inning with one out. Encarnacion-Strand singled and moved up to third base when Tyler Stephenson doubled. Nick Martini was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Stuart Fairchild remained hotter than the sun and drove in two with a double. A ground out led to another run before Bubba Thompson added two more with his first home run of the spring to make it 8-6 and cap off a 5-run inning.

In a trend that continued, Alexis Diaz had a tough start to his day. He allowed a leadoff single before giving up a 2-run homer to Aaron Hicks as the Angels extended their lead to 10-5. Diaz returned to the mound for the 7th. He would face three batters, but walked the one in the middle before reaching his pitch count and being replaced by Andrew Moore. Logan O’Hoppe hit a pop up that fell between four players in shallow center, putting runners on the corners. Moore rebounded with a strikeout to end the inning.

Justin Bruihl pitched a clean 8th inning for the Reds, and he helped himself out by grabbing a hard grounder up the middle behind his back before tossing the ball over to first base for the out. That sent the game to the 9th and Cincinnati went down in order with a quickness, giving the Angels a 10-6 win.

You can see the box score for this game here.

Wednesday’s Games

Cincinnati will play two games on Wednesday. They’ll take on the Texas Rangers in Goodyear and hit the road to take on the Chicago White Sox. The starting pitcher for both games is still listed as TBA. Neither game is televised. 1360 WSAI will carry the game against the Rangers on the radio. Both games will begin at 4:05pm ET.

13 Responses

  1. LDS

    Williamson to open on the IL as well. Can McLain be far behind?

  2. Mark Moore

    I’ll admit, the inability to watch many games has me a bit jaded about Spring Training. I’m past ready for the guys to pack up and head to Cincy where we can actually see them play on a regular basis. I don’t have a dog in the NCAAM March Madness fight, so I won’t be watching much there. Almost feels like November for me with a desert of the sports I care to watch.

    This too shall pass … real, meaningful games are just over the horizon.

    • Indy Red Man

      Wow. This is really turned into an ugly few weeks with the injuries and shaky pitching.
      Idk? Drop the temperature 25 degrees and add adrenaline and HG might mow’em down. Baseball is a funny sport sometimes. It’s hard to see 88-90 wins though with McClain already hobbled and Freidl trying to get that pop back

    • Jim Walker

      Hey Mark, hope your off season went well and all is well with you. Got a baseball related question. In your travels last summer, what countries did you enjoy watching the Reds from last season with few or no issues? Thanks.

  3. VaRedsFan

    This was the 1st game I got to watch start to finish. As Doug mentioned, the pitchers got smacked around. The defense didn’t help Hunter in the 5th. 1st 2 batters hit sharp grounders to Elly and Steer, both were misplayed and called hits, then the floodgates opened.

    Bell did experiment with Benson in CF vs a lefty and Stuey in RF. Steer at 2nd, and CES at 3rd. The ball will find you, and it hurt Greene’s final line.

    Nobody got hurt today so there’s that.

      • VaRedsFan

        He did botch a sky high, shallow pop up by taking a 1st step back, and it ended up falling in.

  4. LeRoy

    The Reds are playing like a last place team with no hope of winning. Where is the hustle and excitement of last year. They all look like they’re just going thru the motions this spring and expecting to turn it on when the season opens. No pitcher is ready for opening day and all the hitters are just swinging and hoping. If they don’t pick up the pace and get serious in the coming week, we can expect a very slow start to the season and a chance to have a very under performing team this year. For the coaches and managers they look like they’re enjoying the spring as a vacation with no plans for the coming season.

  5. David

    So, Greene did not look good, but was betrayed by some bad defense up the middle.

    Steer should not be a second baseman. As much criticism as Jon India comes in for, I think he is a better 2nd baseman than Steer. CES should not be playing third. And Benson may have the athletic ability to play CF, but needs a LOT more work.
    But these are things that Bell should be noting, and it is Spring training. But then again, he likes to play around with lineups and stuff like that, which is not conducive to defensive consistency.
    EDLC still can’t hit left handers.

    The kid Thompson may be playing his way onto the 26 man roster. And with Friedl out, he CAN play CF.
    Fairchild has been hitting well all Spring, and may be Opening Day starter in CF.

    If the Reds carry 13 pitchers (and why not?), that leaves 13 position players.

    2 catchers, Stephenson and Maile
    Infield
    1st CES
    2nd India (starting the season) – on the depth chart, he may also show up in the outfield and at 1st base
    SS EDLC
    3rd base, Candelario , also a DH and 1st baseman, on the depth chart
    McLain may start the season with big club, but may be “day to day”, as they say…
    That’s 7
    Outfielders
    Fraley (who also isn’t hitting)
    Benson (hitting .207 as of today)
    Steer (LF-DH)
    Fairchild (scorching the ball)
    Thompson (reserve OF)
    This leaves two spots
    Ford as DH?
    Martini? (DH and back up 1st baseman, outfielder???)
    Another infielder to back up EDLC/McLain/Candelario ?

    I think we are close, barring some last minute injury or McLain starts the year on the DL. Then the Reds definitely need another backup middle infielder.

    • Jim Walker

      For better or worse, with Friedl on the shelf, Fairchild is emerging as the Reds best available all around out OF, i.e. on defense, running the bases, and the Mgr doesn’t have to be obsessed about which arm the opposing pitcher throws with against him.