The Cincinnati Reds were looking to pick up a win on Sunday to sweep the White Sox and they did just that. Chicago score four runs, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Reds pounded out 11 hits and walked eight times as they toppled the home team 11-4.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (9-6)
11 11 1
Chicago White Sox (2-13)
4 8 3
W: Ashcraft (2-1) L: Soroka (0-2)
Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread

Both teams would threaten with multiple baserunners in the 1st inning, but neither could get any of them to reach the plate. Two innings later the Reds were able to bring some runners around the bases. Will Benson led off with a single and got to jog home from there when Christian Encarnacion-Strand hit a no-doubter 422 feet into the stands to make it 2-0. Two walks would follow and then Jeimer Candelario hit a grounder that deflected off of the glove of Gavin Sheets at first and trickled into the outfield before second baseman Nicky Lopez could get to it and both runners scored to extend Cincinnati’s lead to 4-0.

Two innings later the White Sox would get something going thanks to a leadoff walk to Andrew Vaughn. He would come around to score on a 2-out single to make it a 4-1 ballgame. Graham Ashcraft got a lazy fly ball to right field but Jake Fraley dropped it, allowing another run to come in and score and make it a 2-run game.

The Reds got both of those runs back in the top of the 5th. Fraley tried to make up for his error by leading off with a walk and then stole second and third base. Nick Martini then came through with some left-on-left crime, crushing a 2-run homer.

Cincinnati would extend their lead in the 7th with a little help from Chicago’s defense. Jeimer Candelario hit a fly ball down the right field line and like Fraley earlier in the game, the right fielder simply had the ball pop out of his glove and go for an error. Nick Martini followed up with an RBI single and then Tyler Stephenson doubled in Martini to make it 8-2. Will Benson would extend the inning with his 4th walk of the day, leading to a pitching change. Christian Encarnacion-Strand then singled into center to plate two more and make it 10-2.

The White Sox offense got rolling in the 7th inning against Lucas Sims. He gave up a leadoff double and then walked a batter before he was replaced by Justin Wilson. He came on and walked the first batter he faced to load the bases. Andrew Benintendi hit a ball off of the wall in center that Will Benson had tip off of his glove while leaping and somehow only one run scored on the play and the bases remained loaded. Chicago would add another run on a sacrifice fly before the inning was over, cutting the Reds lead down to 10-4.

Nick Martini would lead off the 9th with a double and come around to score on a sacrifice fly from Jonathan India to make it 11-4. With a 7-run lead the Reds sent Alexis Diaz to the mound in his first appearance since April 8th. He walked the leadoff batter, but came back with a fly ball out and two strikeouts to seal the win.

Key Moment of the Game

Nick Martini’s 2-run homer in the 5th. After Chicago scored twice in the bottom of the 4th to make it a 2-run game, Martini squashed their hopes by getting the runs back almost immediately.

Notes Worth Noting

Will Benson went 1-2 with four walks and two stolen bases.

Jake Fraley went 2-3 with two walks, three steals, and he scored three runs.

Graham Ashcraft allowed just one earned in 5.2 innings while striking out eight batters.

The Reds hitters had more walks on the day than they had strikeouts – eight to seven.

Cincinnati outscored Chicago 27-5 in the series.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs Seattle Mariners

Monday April 15th, 9:42pm ET

Frankie Montas (2-1, 2.16 ERA) vs George Kirby (1-2, 8.16 ERA)

83 Responses

  1. Moon

    Split with the good teams and crush the bad ones. That is a formula that will get you into the playoffs.

    • TR

      Most of the series are three games. Win a good majority of those, and the Reds are on the right path.

  2. Melvin

    9-6 On pace for 97 🙂 Positivity and optimism. 😉

    • Oldtimer

      This time last year, Reds were 6 W and 9 L on pace for 65 W and 97 L.

      Reds finished with 82 W. On Pace after 15 games doesn’t mean much.

      • Melvin

        haha Doesn’t hurt to be positive. 🙂 Three games over is better than three games under.

  3. Jason T.

    Nice sweep! Beat the teams that you’re supposed to beat. Playing the schedule that was given.
    Nice to see CES and Candelario with 2 hits each. Maybe shut down the haters… for a day…
    Hopefully continue to build off this series and carry that momentum into the next.

  4. Mark Moore

    A win is a win … but the first sweep against the ChiSox after the shortened and deflating series against the Bernies just feels extra sweet.

    Celebrate and head west. We’ll see how Frankie does in Seattle (I won’t know until Tuesday morning).

  5. Mauired

    I’ll be happy if they can also win the series in Seattle. The Mariners have an MLB team.

    • JayTheRed

      Mariners have good pitching. I will be happy if we can win the 2 of 3.

      • Mauired

        Absolutely. Any series win is the goal. Sweeps are nice but even against horrible teams like the White Sox, you can’t expect them.

  6. LDS

    The Reds were the recipient of 21walks in the series. Nice object lesson for them – walks do kill. I hope Bell’s managerial restraint continues. It’ll do him, the team, and all of us here a lot of good.

    • Mauired

      Bell does look like he has a bright future managing against minor league teams.

      • greenmtred

        I wouldn’t think it’s fundamentally different from managing against MLB teams. The opponents’ players aren’t as good as MLB players, but neither are yours.

      • Mark Moore

        He ended the 2023 season ranked #100 out of 30 MLB Field Managers in my personal ranking. That puts him down in the High-A ranks … 😀

      • Mauired

        You’re right Green. He probably wouldn’t do much better in minors. Maybe little leagues?

      • greenmtred

        Like all managers–every single one of them–he’d do fine with a strong roster and poorly with a bad roster.

      • Mauired

        Yeah I think you’re in the minority with that thought process. If that was the case any dummy could win with a good team. Bell has had enough talent to get to the playoffs more than once with the Reds but he has found a way to lose enough games every year as the manager.

      • BK

        @Green may be in the minority, but he’s likely correct. There’s a reason that Nick Krall has yet to ask Doug for any of our contact info.

      • Mauired

        I’m sure Reds can find a replacement for Bell without going to Red Leg Nation. Btw if Reds had a decent manager they would have made the playoffs in 2019, 2021, and 2023

      • Carl

        Such a nonsense take. It’s so easy to make dumb claims like this with no evidence. They’re impossible to prove or disprove. Just from a quick glance at the studies out there, indicate managers have very little effect on overall wins/losses. End of the day the players play the game, not the manager.

      • Indy Red Man

        Exactly Carl….oh and any outsider and I mean ANY outsider would consider 82 wins pretty spectacular last year considering the injuries and poor starting pitching from the big 3 and Weaver

      • greenmtred

        Test your theory by finding a manager who got his team to the playoffs with a genuinely bad roster. The Reds have had several teams with some good players during Bell’s tenure, but those teams were also among the most injured in MLB and had historically bad bullpens: just as it’s very hard to find a team with a bad roster that has made the playoffs, it’s hard to find a modern team that has done so with a bad bullpen. Last year’s team very nearly did make the playoffs despite the starting rotation being completely decimated by injuries. I don’t care at all that I’m in the minority, particularly because the supposed majority doesn’t seem to know what I’m actually saying.

      • Mauired

        Carl the only person that’s dumb here is you. Managers are paid millions of dollars annually. If they had no outcome on the game they would not be compensated like that.

      • Doug Gray

        Maui – don’t call people dumb. We’ll allow, to a point, suggestions that what people are saying isn’t smart. We don’t really get down with actually calling people dumb.

      • Mauired

        Sure Doug. I get it. I thought his counterpoint got a little personal with the nonsense and dumb comments and were unnecessary. I respect people’s thoughts and opinions but I do have to stand up for myself when commenters decide to call my opinions dumb, nonsense, whining, etc. Seems like a few people on here resort to that when they don’t have something intelligent to say to support their opinions.

      • greenmtred

        Maui: Carl didn’t say no effect. One effect managers obviously have is on team cohesion, helping players stay motivated and ready to play. High profile HR managers. They do make out the lineups and make the final decisions on substitutions and these have some effect on wins and losses. Not a lot, evidently, but some. The main objection posters here seem to have to Bell is in this area, and seems based on his decisions not being the same as the ones they think they would make. Those disagreements can’t be checked after the fact, but they have persisted as long as baseball has been a game and are common to fans of all teams.

      • Mauired

        Well David Bell has been the manager of the Reds, 23 franchises have made it to the playoffs while Bell has zero playoff appearances. But I’m sure you will find some way to defend him and spin it onto the players. They have had enough talent to get a wild card.

      • Mauired

        The only other franchise that has not made the playoffs during Bells tenure as Reds manager and not replaced your manager is the Colorado Rockies. Not exactly the franchise you want to emulate.

      • Mauired

        So to make it simple. Since Bell has been hired, he is one of two managers in all of MLB to not make the playoffs and keep his job. Him and Bud Black in Colorado. But sure blame the players.

      • Mauired

        And by the way Bell has been given double the talent that Bud Black has had in Colorado the last 5 years and he doesn’t have to play in the same division as the Dodgers

      • greenmtred

        It is ultimately the players, Mauired. Did Sparky forget how to manage the year his Tigers lost 103? Did Piniella forget the year his team lost 99? That is not to say that Bell doesn’t make mistakes–all managers, all people do–but those years when you believe they should have made the playoffs they had serious problems, usually with the pitching.

      • Mauired

        I see you sidestepped the fact that Bell is one just two managers in all of Baseball since being hired to not make playoffs and keep his job. And instead use your argument for the tenth time or more that because Sparky had a bad year with the tigers nearly half a century ago after being a multiple World Series winner that somehow this makes Bell a fine manager

      • MBS

        @Maui, I blame the owner, not the players or the manager. Both could be better, but 2 rebuilds in as little as 5ish seasons is the main culprit.

        The good news is this rebuild seems to be built better, and that’s thanks to Krall. WIlliams really botched the 1st one.

      • redfanorbust

        So many complaining about Bell. But people should get to the real heart of the matter. Who pays his salary? Who signed him to a contract extension. Someone sure does not share this feeling about Bell being a
        terrible manager. If people really want to complain they need to go to the source.

      • greenmtred

        I did not say–have never said that Bell is a fine manager. My point in the examples of Sparky and Lou is that the players dictate the success of a team far more than any manager. You haven’t found an example of a bad roster and a good manager making the playoffs.

      • Mauired

        Many playoff teams have flaws that a good manager can navigate around. The Marlins and Dbacks last year had plenty of issues but got into playoffs when Bell could not.

      • Melvin

        ” If people really want to complain they need to go to the source.”

        I would agree with that 100%. If you don’t like David Bell as manager look to Big Bob.

  7. DW

    Also worth noting is that Stephenson is smoking the ball right now…just right at guys, so it isn’t showing up in the box score. How huge would it be if he could get back on track to developing into the solid hitter he once looked sure to be?

    • Jimbo44CN

      He is looking much better at the plate this year. Like his old self before the injuries. Good to see.

    • greenmtred

      He was certainly a hard luck dude today.

    • JayTheRed

      This guy used to be our cleanup hitter. If he can hit well in the lower 3 of the order I would take that all season long.

    • RedBB

      Ya..he’s been crushing the ball in this series and hitting them right at someone

  8. David

    CES has been smoking the ball too, for about a week. Glad he had two hits today, including the HR.
    Stephenson should be playing more (IMHO), but apparently some of the starters prefer Maile catch them.
    Pitching DOES win games.

  9. Jeff morris

    Can the Reds play the White Sox every game, for the rest of the year?

    • TR

      Not good for Cubs fans. They will miss their trips to GABP.

  10. Indy Red Man

    Reds, Pirates, and Milw are a combined 20-6 on the road. We need this series in Seattle and they’re under .500 and struggling a little bit

    • Indy Red Man

      Castillo went today too. Really need to win this series

      • Old-school

        Unless mariners rally ,castillo is 0-4 with a 5.82 ERA

      • Mauired

        Speaking of Castillo. He looked alright against the Cubs. Not dominant.

        9ks in six innings
        1hr allowed.
        7 hits 0 walks

        I noticed he’s not throwing 99 anymore. At least not today. Was sitting at around 95/96. He still has the wicked change and slider though.

  11. MBS

    I think the Seattle series will be the 1st series that we don’t face a starting LHP. It will be nice to let Fraley, and Martini get a few starts in a row for a change.

    Benson 2 BB’s vs LHP today puts him at a .400 OBP vs LHP so far this year. He still needs to cut down on his K’s in general, but 4 his BB’s today is a step in the right direction.

    • wkuchad

      This will be a big help. Even with the three “starters” out, we have a solid lineup versus righty starters – lefty starters, not so much.

  12. Indy Red Man

    Bases loaded w/Ms in Seattle 1 out down 3-2 to the Cubs.

    Neris 8th inning man for the Cubs is 35

    Julio Rodriguez for the Ms not in the lineup. hitting .186 with no HRs…wow

  13. Doc

    Keep playing winning baseball and start getting players back as we get into divisional play.

  14. Amarillo

    31 of the next 38 games are against teams from either the NL or AL West.
    Last year the Reds were 31-16 against West teams.

    • David

      Looking at the NL West teams, outside of the Dodgers, none of them look that good. Arizona is at 0.500 now, and the rest are below 0.500

      Colorado Rockies are about as bad as the White Sox.

      And actually, looking at the three NL divisions, the NL Central has the best overall winning percentage. I guess it is not so bad this year. Only St. Louis is below 0.500, and just barely; 2 games now.

      • John J

        I made a bold prediction that the NL Central is full of wild card to good teams.

        Didn’t expect the brewers to be so dominant, STILL I did bet on the pirates to finish 2nd in the NL Central and the Reds leading it.

        Just a solid group of teams all with young talent as well as quality players. Looks like NL central might have 2-3 playoff teams.

  15. Frankie Tomatoes

    Took a nice little weekend trip and did not keep up with the Reds. Excited to see that they kicked butt in Chicago while I was in Tennessee! West coast trip to Seattle doe not get me excited but maybe they will go take care of business.

    • Jim Walker

      I was also out of Reds touch most of the weekend. Great to see the results!

      Yesterday we were seated adjacent to the bar at a restaurant in Yellow Springs, OH. Lo and behold the Bally telecast of the Reds was on the bar TV. This was not even a “sports” bar/ restaurant with a dozen screens. The lesson I took from this is that if a bar/ restaurant here in the Reds home area really wants to have the Reds game on their screens, they can get it.

      • RedsMonk65

        Did you happen to stop in at Young’s Jersey Dairy? Used to love that place when I lived in Springfield in the late 90s. Yellow Springs is an interesting area. Would often at Young’s after hiking at nearby Clifton Gorge. All that and a Reds victory makes for a perfect day!

      • David

        Yellow Springs? Was it at “Trails End” restaurant/bar? The last time I ate there with my wife, they had really good hamburgers.

        Yeah, spent a lot of afternoons and evening stops at Young’s Jersey Dairy. It’s kind of become a little too busy these days, though.

      • RedsMonk65

        Yeah, Young’s was very busy back then, too. A very event-centered place (not just ice cream), and also caters a lot to young kids. I still loved their ice cream, though!

      • greenmtred

        My hometown, Jim. I remember Young’s when it was a small ice cream stand.

      • greenmtred

        David: unless they changed the name, it’s “The Trailside.” Used to be a stage coach stop, I think.

      • Jim Walker

        @David>> Peaches Bar and Grill. It has been there forever in terms of how things seem to come and go in that town. It was a favorite of my wife and me when we used to pound the pedals every weekend on the bike trails. That’s a decade or more behind us now (aged knees and the like) but we were in town for the afternoon with my wife’s brother and SiL who are visiting from SoCal.

      • Jim Walker

        @RedsMonk65 & Greenmtred>> Young’s is definitely on the list for sometime this week. We thought it would be beyond busy on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

        BTW, we live in Fairborn where it is reputed that the Waffle House adjacent to Kroger (and near us) is Dave Chappelle’s favorite late night/ early morning hang out spot when he is in the area. To borrow a phrase, where else is he going to go (at that hour). 😉

  16. Indy Red Man

    I’d like to see Martini get a shot at playing full-time. He’s got a nice flyball swing for the RF fences and he’s fairly adept at pushing it the other way occasionally as well. Bubba Thompson and Espinal def don’t scare anyone.

    • Doc

      What position does Martini play and whom does he bump out of the starting lineup? It’s not as simple as ‘let Martini play’.

      • Jim Walker

        Martini can play both corner OF spots and 1B. That’s tough company right now with the Reds. His handedness skew doesn’t support moving folks around to get him games ahead of Espinal or Thompson vs LHP. He is however the “everyday” DH vs RHP. That’s probably his spot with the Reds. The only issue I have with that is that the Reds are essentially tying up their entire bench with platoon rotation guys.

      • wkuchad

        It is that simple right now, until one of Friedl, Marte, or McLain returns.

        Martini is already a fulltime player vs righty starters. And I’m not saying he should start regularly against lefties, but our lineup vs lefty starters is subpar without the three listed above.

    • Mauired

      Martini is barley hanging on to the part time job as is and you want to play him as a regular? I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s demoted instead of Bubba when Friedl comes back. He becomes pretty redundant with Friedl, Fraley, and Benson healthy.

  17. Jim Walker

    I’ll say it for the umpteenth time. While Martini has only 1/3 to 1/2 of the MLB plate appearances Jake Fraley does, his numbers are very comparable, both the good vs RHP and not so good vs LHP.

    One guy was in a right situation at the right time and the other wasn’t.

    • SultanofSwaff

      I took in 2 games over the weekend and Fraley made an outstanding catch friday night…..but did muff one yesterday. His speed is very good so his baserunning brings some additional value. But I agree that Martini didn’t get the long runway that Fraley got because of where the Reds were in their competitive cycle. Martini has serious power and gives a professional at-bat….he would be my choice in a late/close playoff situation.

      • Jim Walker

        he would be my choice in a late/close playoff situation.

        Such as last September when the Reds burned PAs on a clearly injury impaired Fraley and aged injured Votto over the last 3 weeks of the season while Martini was available and performing when he had the opportunities.

  18. Indy Red Man

    Nobody has to move around for Martini to full-time DH? Granted they probably don’t want India playing 145 games at 2B, but Thompson and Espinal aren’t even dangerous enough to get Gabp specials while Martinis swing is designed for 380 ft to right

  19. Mike W

    Yes, Elly’s getting on base streak ended yesterday — and I think he’ll start a new one today, especially if he lays down a bunt early.
    Despite his overall success, Bell has left him in the 6th hole even against RH SPs. Too bad Bell has done that instead of showing confidence in Elly by letting him bat 3rd where he belongs.
    It surprised me to see after almost identical PA’s between Elly and Acuña (62 v 65), Elly leads Acuña in:
    BA: .286 v .273
    SLG: .607 v .327
    OPS: .962 v .712
    H: 16 v 15
    HR: 4 v 0
    2B: 4 v 3
    3B: 1 v 0
    R: 15 v 15
    RBI: 10 v 5
    SB: 6 v 7
    Too bad Bell has Elly hitting 6th. Because of that he actually has 3 less PA’s even though he (Elly) has played in one more game. Good managers do that so as to give their better players more PAs. If Bell doesn’t move Elly up soon, he will have 40-50 fewer plate appearances over the season than those hitting in the top 3 positions. Why would he do that to the fastest guy on the team who also happened to hit the 3 farthest home runs on the team last year?

    • David

      Well, it’s early, and Acuna has proven himself to be a great player. I mean, he was the National League MVP for 2023. He will get hot and start hitting (and probably out -hit EDLC) before long.

      I think EDLC WILL prove himself, but it hasn’t happened yet. He has amazing abilities, and only time will prove how good he is. I think he too has the make-up to be a great player, but it has to be proven on the field.

    • Jim t

      Bell not applying to much pressure on EDLc may be a good thing. After all he is playing everyday even when many were yelling for him to be sent down when his fielding and K rate were very bad.

  20. Mike W

    Kudos to Mauired for his saying: “Bell is one just two managers in All of MLBaseball since being hired to not make playoffs and keep his job.”
    I don’t know what, but perhaps it’s because he’s a 3rd generation Bell, or his Dad being an advisor to management, or his willing to manage for “just” $1.3M, or all those things combined? I don’t know.
    Sure, I think he should be gone, BUT IF Bell continues correcting his lineup so (given the healthy players we have right now) it FINALLY is India, Benson, Elly, Steer, Fraley, CES, Candelario, Stephenson and ?? And leaves it that way every night, and leaves any RPs who throw less than a dozen pitches one inning, in for the next, we will do well in the playoffs. And when our injured and PES player return, we’ll be even better.
    If Bell does this we will be in the NL Championship game and I’ll be happy to applaud Bell for his behind the scene managing. We have the players to do this. Just let them play!

    • Tom Diesman

      Hate to rain on the kudos party but: 2020 NLWC4 2-0 Atlanta Braves (35-25, NL) vs. Cincinnati Reds* (31-29, NL) There’s all kinds of stuff you can complain about in regards to Bell. You don’t need to make them up.

      • Old-school

        Covid year with 8 teams making it per league and 60 game seasons

        Context matters

        Technically you are correct but thats about as big an asterisk anyone could use – the worst season in mlb history with rules made up weekly in the middle of the worst pandemic in a century plus a labor issue looming

        Im not a bell hater or an avid supporter but 2020 was arguably the most unique season in mlb history and undermines your argument