2017 Spring Training

Cactus League: Indians 8, Reds 2

The Reds fell 8-2 to the defending American League Champions in the first game at Goodyear this spring. Eugenio Suarez homered in his spring debut, but the Reds were only able to score 2 runs despite 14 hits. Joey Votto, Billy Hamilton, Amir Garrett, Dilson Herrera, and others made their 2017 debuts for the Reds.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (0-2) 2 14 1
Cleveland Indians (1-0) 8 11 1
Box Score



Eugenio Suarez hit an opposite-field home run in his first plate appearance of 2017 (VIDEO). Many of us here at RN have written our support of Suarez: 1/18/17 (Dotson), 12/15/16 (Linden), 08/11/16 (Carrington). It’s not everyday you have a 24-year old third baseman (age at beginning of 2016) that hits 21 bombs in his first full big league season.


Amir Garrett had a mostly positive debut: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K. He struck out the first batter he faced, Carlos Santana (who hit 34 bombs last season). Garrett then had to go through a pretty difficult Indians lineup. He is a very lengthy individual if you haven’t seen him on the mound before. The Chapman comparison in terms of stature is very accurate. Garrett said that he felt good after the outing.

Jesse Winker and Dilson Herrera each got a hit in their spring debuts off lefty Ryan Merrit. Tucker Barnhart singled off the untouchable Andrew Miller as well.

Hernan Iribarren had two hits in the #9 spot, and also made a fantastic play.


Joey Votto and Billy Hamilton were each 0 for 3 in their spring debuts. Votto struck out twice. Votto made a really nice play, and then on the very next play booted a ball (he was bailed out though by Iribarren).

Arismendy Alcantara can play just about every position, which is very nice. However, he did boot a ball hit right to him in the first inning. He is no Zack Cozart.

Jumbo Diaz had a tough spring debut: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.

Austin Brice, who is fighting for one of the Reds open bullpen spots, gave up a run in his only inning of work: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.

Not so random thoughts……..

One of the very few bright spots to living in Cleveland was that I was able to watch today’s game (the Indians broadcast the game on Sportstime Ohio). The Indians play by play broadcaster, Matt Underwood, was certainly not in mid-season form. He mispronounced quite a few names.

Bradley Zimmer had a heck of day for the Indians. He went 2 for 3, with a walk, HR, and 5 RBI. He is the Indians #1 prospect, and is trying to make the team.

The sprinklers went off during the bottom of the 8th inning, which was pretty comical. They were are on for less than the minute.

Up Next:

Giants at Reds
Sunday, 3:05 PM
TV: None; Radio: 1360-WSAI
Tim Adleman (Reds) vs Matt Moore (Giants)


All photos are used courtesy of Sam Greene and the Cincinnati Enquirer, and are used by permission. 

11 thoughts on “Cactus League: Indians 8, Reds 2

  1. Joey Votto looked like Joey Votto playing in an early spring training game…looking at a lot of pitches and trying to set his timing and plate coverage (#Don’tWorryAbout Votto).

    The 3 fly balls in 3 PA by Hamilton was disconserting after his promising 2nd half last season. I’m not concerned about getting base hits, but hitting fly balls as a way of life at the plate was indicative of and contributory to his 1st half mallody last season.

    Suarez looks comfortable both offensively and defensively. Could he possibly make an all star appearance in 2017? I’m not betting against it. Suarez and Lindor were cutting up a lot during the 1st half of the game. It was fun to watch, at least during a spring training game.

    Nice to have the DH available for Herrera to at least get his hacks at the dish.

    After his superlative season at AAA and his late season promotion to the big club in 2016, Hernan Iribarren deserves an opportunity to win a utility role on the 25-man roster this spring.

    It’s still way too early to make any sort of evaluation or determination regarding individual performances. The pitchers need to stretch out some before any reliable opinions can be formed. I’ll hold judgement for another couple of starting opportunities before weighing in on the pitching prospects.

  2. Isn’t “living in Cleveland” an oxymoron? Luckily, I escaped living in the similarly oxymoronic “Greater Cleveland” in my early 20’s and have bounced around to several much nicer places.

    Not sure if STO’s Underwood was just in bad early form. I can’t stomach watching the Cleveburg games on STO, even when they are on the road and I don’t have to listen to the Annoying Drum Guy for 3 hours.

    Here’s hoping the rebuild is real and we will see the reality of that evolve over the course of ST and into the season. Would love to see the Ohio Cup return to its rightful place this season and see the Birthplace of Baseball become Ohio’s best sometime VERY soon again.

    If Amir Garrett turns out to be the real deal, life as a Reds’ fan immediately gets a lot more interesting…

  3. I visited Cleveland once in the summer (Shaker Heights?), it actually was pretty nice. But I imagine it can be rather cold there in the dead of winter. I like Garrett a lot. I hope they forget about super two status and keep him on the roster.

    • Why would they forget about Super 2? Does it make sense to keep Garrett on the roster an extra 3 months…. during what will likely be a losing seasons…so the Reds are forced to potentially pay him millions more over the time he’s under team control?

  4. Living in Columbus I’ve come to realize that the Tribe does a much better job in the media to promote their product, at least in this market. I get much more spring training, draft, and off-season baseball coverage from the Indians by far.

  5. RECAP The reds lose to the Giants 9-5. Where is that picture of Milton?

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