Cincinnati split a set of split-squad games on Wednesday evening out in Arizona. They managed to take full advantage of their hits in a win over the White Sox, but the Reds got blown out at home by the defending World Series Champion Texas Rangers.

Game Recap: Reds 3 – White Sox 1

Cincinnati managed just three hits in the game, but two of them were home runs and that made a difference on a day where the Reds pitchers walked just one batter and picked up nine strikeouts.

The Highlights

Neither team got a whole lot going in the first three innings as Lyon Richardson and Michael Soroka put up zeroes. That changed in the 4th when Elly De La Cruz led off with a walk, stole second, took third when the throw got away, and then scored on a ground out. The Reds lead didn’t last long as an error in the bottom of the inning that allowed Luis Robert Jr. to reach base to begin the inning came back to bite them when Andrew Vaughn doubled and saw a run come in on the play.

Buck Farmer and Tyler Gilbert both tossed a shutout inning of work after that. In the top of the 7th the Reds offense went to work as both Christian Encarnacion-Strand and Luke Maile homered. Both were solo shots and both were the 4th of the spring for the respective hitters, giving Cincinnati a 3-1 lead.

After grabbing the lead, the Reds sent Tyler Gilbert back to the mound for two more innings and he kept the White Sox off of the board. In the 9th inning Cincinnati gave the ball to Zach Maxwell. The Reds top relief prospect worked around a walk, picking up two strikeouts in a hitless inning to seal the 3-1 win.

You can see the box score for the game here.

Game Recap: Rangers 8 – Reds 1

Things went south in a hurry for the Reds after grabbing a 1-0 lead in the 1st. Texas capitalized on their opportunity in the next half-inning and scored six runs – including four of them on a grand slam by Marcus Semiun – and never looked back en-route to a blowout win.

The Highlights

The Rangers seemed willing to gift the Reds a run early on. Jonathan India reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the 1st and he moved up to second on a single by Spencer Steer. A double play erased Steer from the bases, but moved India over to third. Jake Fraley then walked and stole second base. When the throw went to second, India stole home and put Cincinnati in front 1-0.

That lead didn’t last long. After walking two batters in the 1st inning, things didn’t go any better for Rhett Lowder in the 2nd. He gave up three singles to load the bases with no outs before hitting Jose Barrero with a pitch to bring in a run and tie the game up. Marcus Semien then followed with a grand slam to give Texas a 5-1 lead. Lowder would strike out Josh Smith for the first out of the inning, but he was then replaced by Alan Busenitz who immediately gave up a home run to Wyatt Langford as the Rangers extended their lead to 6-1.

Busenitz returned to pitch a 1-2-3 3rd inning for the Reds. Tony Santillan took over for Cincinnati in the 4th. After getting a fly out to start the inning, Marcus Semien reached base on an error by Jonathan India in left field. Santillan then gave up an RBI double – just the second hit he’s allowed all spring – as Texas made it 7-1.

Brent Suter took over for the Reds in the 5th inning and retired the side in order. When he returned in the 6th things didn’t go quite as well as he allowed four singles while recording just one out and allowed a run in the process before he was replaced by Stevie Branche, who came in and quickly recorded two outs to end the inning. He’d return and toss a perfect inning in the 7th. Emilio Pagan took over in the 8th and worked around an error for an otherwise perfect frame. Justin Wilson tossed a perfect inning with two strikeouts in the 9th. Mike Ford would lead off the bottom of the 9th with a single, but the Reds went in order from there as Texas wrapped up an 8-1 win.

You can see the box score for the game here.

Thursday’s Game

The Reds get back on the field on Thursday night in a LATE game. They will take on the Seattle Mariners in a road contest. There’s no television for this game, but 700 WLW will have the radio coverage. First pitch is set for 9:40pm ET.

8 Responses

  1. LDS

    Are you kidding me? Arroyo out for the season.

  2. VegasRed

    Well the Rangers are certainly looking much more ready for the start of the season. Just about everyone hitting and pitching in form.

    The Reds? Not so much. Everyone will say the obvious: “it’s just ST!” And every one who does is technically correct.

    I will really be interested to see if Bell’s team can start strong. That has been rather rare iirc.

    Oh well, “play ball!”