Why hello Nation, Reds baseball is back! The Reds began their quest to the 2018 World Series championship with a resounding 6-4 Catcus League beatdown of the Cleveland Indians. Tucker Barnhart lead the Reds with a two-run bomb in his first plate appearance of the spring. The Reds had Sal Romano, Tyler Mahle, Jackson Sephens, Kevin Shackleford, Keury Mella, and Jimmy Herget make their spring debuts on the mound today.
|Cincinnati Reds (1-0)||6||7||0|
|Cleveland Indians (0-1)||4||7||0|
|W: Romano (1-0) L: Otero (0-1) S: Herget (1)|
|Box Score | Game Thread|
Tucker Barnhart hit a two-run bomb to rightfield in the first inning. Barnhart didn’t hit a single home run in 35 at-bats last spring, so obviously this means he is due for a monster 2018.
Brandon Dixon hit a no-doubter bomb in the 6th inning. Dixon has some nice power, as he hit 16 home runs in 124 games at AAA in 2017 with a .783 OPS. He could be a guy to keep an eye on as the season goes along to possibly crack the Reds bench should they have injuries, poor performances, or make a trade. Dixon has played every position except SS and C in the minors.
Tayler Mahle pitched two solid innings: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 B, 2 K.
Billy Hamilton is still batting leadoff. I have been pretty darn supportive of Bryan Price to this point, but if he has Hamilton batting leadoff on Opening Day 2018, he should be fired on the spot.
Jose Siri had to leave the game after crashing into the wall in CF. Siri of course set the Midwest League record with a 39 game hit streak with the Dayton Dragons last year.
Not so random thoughts…….
It’s the first day of spring training, but right off the bat you see a clear battle for the 5th rotation spot between Tyler Mahle and Sal Romano among others. Mahle won the battle today pitching two scoreless innings, while Romano allowed a home run.
Kevin Shackelford with a really impressive seventh inning. I think he has a great shot of making the #Reds bullpen. 3.64 xFIP and 28.3 K% last season.
— Matt Wilkes (@_MattWilkes) February 23, 2018
Jimmy Herget is now on the mound for the #Reds. Such an intriguing arm. Changes arm angles, changes his timing to the mound. Anywhere from 90-96, good breaking ball.
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) February 23, 2018
Our old friend Ryan Hanigan just threw out Scott Schebler trying to steal second base.
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) February 23, 2018
Rockies at Reds
Saturday, 3:05 PM
TV: None; Radio: 700 WLW
Michael Lorenzen vs Yency Almonte
Next TV game: Sunday at 3:05 PM on FSN-Ohio
All photos are used courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer and Sam Greene, and are used by permission.
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.