2013 Reds / Game Thread / Spring Training

Game Thread: Spring Training Game One

The Reds and Indians kick off their Cactus League season this afternoon. As noted yesterday, Tony Cingrani will get the start for your beloved Redlegs.

You can listen to the game through WLW or MLB.com. Even better, you can discuss the game right here, at Redleg Nation.

Go Reds.

101 thoughts on “Game Thread: Spring Training Game One

  1. @athensRed: I’m just a few blocks up Carpenter from the end of Court Street. I definitely got better signal at my house last year which was at a much higher elevation. Most regular season games are on 970 out here though, so this is a temporary issue.

  2. 1 inning in the books. With the way the hitters are smacking the ball around, you’d think they were playing in someplace like Arizona or Colorado.

  3. The Indians added some base stealers (like Bourn and Stubbs) so Cingrani ended the first inning by picking a non-base stealer off 1b. Nice!

  4. Man, Joey is just so consistent.

    I will mark out when he hits his first HR.

    I wish he wasn’t even on the roster for Canada in the WBC.

  5. The 1st half of this Cleveland lineup can hit, but Stubbs and Brantley as corner OF is probably going to be hard for the Tribe fans to stomach this season. I hope Stubbs can turn things around this season with a fresh start.

    • A 27 ERA for Cingrani?Leake and Chapman have been put on notice.

      Starting, Edinson Volquez style.

  6. Joey Votto: The guy who can go 2 for 2 and be disappointing. He needs a homerun to prove that his knee is okay dangit!

    • Joey Votto:The guy who can go 2 for 2 and be disappointing.He needs a homerun to prove that his knee is okay dangit!

      Yes. He does. Not joking.

      • Yes.He does.Not joking.

        I hope somebody is there to boo him every time he finds himself standing on a base until he hits a homerun.

        • I hope somebody is there to boo him every time he finds himself standing on a base until he hits a homerun.

          Are you saying that Votto’s lack of power at the end of last year wasn’t due to his knee injury??

        • Are you saying that Votto’s lack of power at the end of last year wasn’t due to his knee injury??

          I agree that his lack of power late last season was due to his knee, but at the same time he put up impressive numbers as far as average and OBP even after his return. I think he healed up over the winter but many fans won’t be satisfied until he starts hitting homeruns. Hence a desire to boo him for reaching base without hitting a homerun – we know he can reach base plenty.

        • I agree that his lack of power late last season was due to his knee, but at the same time he put up impressive numbers as far as average and OBP even after his return.I think he healed up over the winter but many fans won’t be satisfied until he starts hitting homeruns.Hence a desire to boo him for reaching base without hitting a homerun – we know he can reach base plenty.

          Ok, I get you. I certainly hope no one would boo Votto for reaching base, regardless of his HR total.

          I don’t think the dissatisfaction with Votto’s lack of power is the type of thing anyone would boo a player for. He can’t help it. I would bet most fans get this. It will come back naturally. I, like most others I think, am somewhat desperate for Votto to homer so I can exhale and rest assured that his knee really is 100% again.

        • Ok, I get you.I certainly hope no one would boo Votto for reaching base, regardless of his HR total.

          I don’t think the dissatisfaction with Votto’s lack of power is the type of thing anyone would boo a player for.He can’t help it.I would bet most fans get this.It will come back naturally.I, like most others I think, am somewhat desperate for Votto to homer so I can exhale and rest assured that his knee really is 100% again.

          Eh, booing him for getting on firstbase, it implies that we hold him to a higher standard, a double standard, it’s a compliment. He’s a professional, I think he can takes it.

          Booing him after striking out would be another story. That’s mean.

  7. Miguel Olivo hit a homerun! Looks like the Reds have a new superstar! That Joey Votto bum though, 2/3? Boooooo.

  8. Here we go, now we’ve got the A lineup.
    1. Phipps, CF
    2. Donald, 2b
    3. Neftali Soto, 1b
    4. Heisey, LF
    5. Paul, RF
    6. Hannahan, 3b
    7. Izturis, SS
    8. Mesoraco, C

    Mesoraco put on a good show with a long homerun! Take that Miguel Olivo!

  9. Woot, this feels real good so far. I could take a full season, and a FULL post season of these kinds of game. GOREDS!

  10. Olivo and Mesoraco each with homeruns today! Cut Ryan Hanigan he’s clearly our worst catcher

    Just what I was thinking! Along with the trade of Drew Stubbs for Jay Bruce!

  11. I think the Indians’ starting pitcher (regardless of the outcome), Soto, should be the Player of the Game for getting the Reds’ offense get started this spring. The Reds pitchers who gave up all those runs, lets just forget about what happened to them. They just aren’t ready for spring training yet, that’s it.

  12. Ah, just got back from dinner. I see we have a battle brewing between Olivo ann Meso. I like it; Nothing like a litttle competition to get the juices flowing. MiBL pitchers vs MLB hitters…predictable results. Ice storm notwithstanding, I swear I heard the birds chirping louder and clearer this baseball morning.

  13. Wow. All jokes aside, if XP can hit like he did last year, I don’t think I’d mind him taking over for Bruce when he goes into a slump. 3 days a week maybe?

  14. Boom, and just like that all the good feelings are over. Walt Jocketty, Dusty Baker, the bat boy, everybody is to blame for this one. Thanks for ruining my weekend Reds.

    • @Jimmy:

      Boom, and just like that all the good feelings are over.

      Really? I would like to have seen a big W, but I’m ecstatic, even with a loss. The Reds’ offense delivered exactly as hoped and anticipated, starting with the very 1st AB of the game. The pitchers who got clobbered today are all destined for MiBL in 2013 and most will probably not make a MLB roster in the future, with a few notable exceptions. And most of all, baseball is back.

  15. @dc937 that’s awesome man, I lived on fern alley my junior year and across the street on rose last year. I still have friends that live up on Lancaster that said they were able to get the game fine today so you probably have some interference causing device in your vicinity. Are you in school at OU or an Athens native? I graduated last summer and I’m doing my masters in Cincy now so I miss Athens dearly, I’m happy to hear the nation is still being repped well out there.

  16. @Shchi Cossack: Agree 100%. It’s hard not to feel great about today’s game. Who cares what the minor league pitchers are doing. The major league offense looked terrific.

  17. @athensRed:
    Last year I lived at Second and North Lancaster, got acceptable reception on 700, but usually went for the 970 WATH broadcast. I’ll be watching most games on Fox Sports this season though. Athens is always hard to leave, but at least you have a chance to catch a lot more games in person this year! I’m a student here, studying Mathematics and Statistics. I get to pick a topic for one of my courses this semester, and I’m trying to decide on something cool and baseball-related. My professor is Chinese though, not sure if he knows a lick about baseball.

    @Shchi Cossack:
    I look forward to seeing her in the box scores! Are you a Bobcat as well?

  18. @dc937: Afraid I’m a Buckeye through and through, but we have family ties to the Bobcats. OU just didn’t offer the degree I sought so I migrated to OSU during a very circuitous academic pursuit.

  19. Alright, here are my thoughts on Today’s game:
    -So much for concerns about the hitters being rusty.
    -Tony Cingrani, I was really disappointed.
    -Partch and Contreras, I don’t think they could’ve done much more to get themselves into the first group of cuts.
    -Clay Hensley, impressive performance.
    -Joey Votto, going 2 for 3, had a good day even if he didn’t hit a homerun.
    -Catchers, Hanigan, Olivo, and Mesoraco all got one hit, with the later two getting homeruns – big first day.

    -Drew Stubbs was 1 for 2 with an infield single, I was happy that he had a decent debut with his new team.
    -Indians pitchers, who were those guys?
    -Michael Bourn misplayed a ball in CF? I guess Shin-Shoo Choo doesn’t have to be perfect anymore either.

  20. @dc937 it’s actually a mixed bag. I really hate not being at every single bobcats basketball game. DJ, Ivo, Reggie, all those dudes are in my class and lived in the dorms with me I just graduated a tad early. You should catch every game you can while you still have the chance, they are a really special team. I’ll never forget that beatdown we laid on Georgetown my freshman year and I’ve been pretty annoyed with all this Michigan/Trey Burke hype all season long. I’ve been to a bunch of bearcats games this season and watching those bums in that dungeon of a gym made me realize how spoiled I was with the bobcats in the Convo.

  21. Oh and shchi…I saw in the latest bracket projections they have the buckeyes playing the winner of the MAC tourney in the first round. If the OHIO spanked state in hoops would Columbus spontaneously combust or something?

  22. @athensRed: No spontaneous combustion here. Although a staunch Buckeye supporter, I’ll root for the Bobcats in every other game. Besides, baseball season has emerged from the winter doldrums and this season, has me even more psyched than March Madness.

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