What was scheduled to be the second game of spring training for the Cincinnati Reds turns out to be the first one after the game on Saturday was canceled due to rain. So the Reds will kick off their spring training schedule against the Chicago White Sox later this afternoon.

Cincinnati Reds (0-0) Starting Lineup

  1. Shogo Akiyama – CF
  2. Aristides Aquino – RF
  3. Jesse Winker – LF
  4. Curt Casali – C
  5. Kyle Farmer – SS
  6. Derek Dietrich – 2B
  7. Matt Davidson – 1B
  8. Scott Schebler – DH
  9. Alex Blandino – 3B
  10. Vladimir Gutierrez – RHP

Also scheduled to pitch today for the Reds: Tejay Antone, Alex Powers, Justin Shafer, Lucas Sims.

Reserve players on today’s roster:

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Chicago White Sox (0-0) Starting Lineup

  1. Tim Anderson – SS
  2. Yoan Moncada – 3B
  3. Jose Abreu – 1B
  4. Nomar Mazara – RF
  5. Eloy Jimenez – LF
  6. James McCann – C
  7. Luis Robert – CF
  8. Nicky Delmonico – DH
  9. Leury Garcia – 2B
  10. Dylan Cease – RHP

Where to watch/listen/follow the game

The game will be live on the Reds on Radio Network. In the greater Cincinnati area the game will be available on 1360 WSAI AM. There will be no video available of the game, as it is not going to be broadcasted on television or the internet.

Reds links and news

Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer took a look at some of the things that new hitting coach Alan Zinter is working on with the team to help improve their offense in 2020. While the Reds have transformed their lineup since the first half of 2019 – Cincinnati finished dead last in exit velocity in the Major Leagues – and the additions of Mike Moustakas and Nick Castellanos, two power hitters should help that stat, it’s an area the organization is still looking to improve on.

Freddy Galvis has a sore shoulder, but should be ready to play in a few days according to Bobby Nightengale.

If you are looking for some more information on today’s starting pitcher for the Reds, we wrote a little bit about Vladimir Gutierrez on Friday. There’s some background information, a look back at his minor league history, some video, and a scouting report.

Final: White Sox 7 – Reds 2

The Cincinnati Reds fell to the Chicago White Sox 7-2 in their spring opener on Sunday afternoon.

The highlights

Shogo Akiyama got things started out right, lining a single into right-center field in his first trip to the plate. Alex Blandino and Matt Davidson both had singles among the other starters. But the Reds didn’t get on the board until the 8th inning. That’s when prospects Tyler Stephenson and Stuart Fairchild got things going. Stephenson, the Reds #3 prospect, doubled with 1-out in the inning. An out later it was Fairchild, the organization’s #7 prospect, who homered to cut the White Sox lead down to 3-2.

On the mound Vladimir Gutierrez and Tejay Antone both threw 2.0 shutout innings with the only hit between the two of them being an infield single. Justin Shafer threw a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Brandon Finnegan made an appearances with a hitless outing that included a walk. Prospect Ryan Nutof recorded the final two outs of the 9th inning. You can see the entire box score for the game here.

The notes worth noting

Both Jesse Winker and Matt Davidson were hit by pitches in the game and both left the game immediately after. Winker told C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic that he was fine after being hit in the left wrist.

40 Responses

  1. Rick in Va

    Ibandel Isabel is an outfielder? I was under the impression that he was limited to first base and lacks running speed. If he can play in the outfield it would seem to increase his chances.

    • Rich H

      I think the only thing that listing really indicates is that he’s a better outfielder than Gavin Lavalley.

    • Doug Gray

      He’s listed with the outfielders on the roster. He’s played a few games out there in the past…. but if I had to wager money on where he’s going to play in the Majors if he ever gets there, it would not be in the outfield.

  2. ClevelandRedsFan

    Seems like Bell is trying to get an early indicator if Farmer can back up SS. I dig it.

  3. AirborneJayJay

    Wow. Long, lost Brandon Finnegan on the pitching list. Hope he has a good outing and a good spring training. His resurrection would be huge.

    • MK

      Would love to see him be the Spring Training unexpected surprise.

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      Agreed. Even if it’s just another lefty out of the bullpen. So, he and Reed are still left over from the Cueto trade.

      • TBD

        Another lefty out of the bullpen would be “Fantastic”

  4. GhostRunner

    Haven’t seen Finnegan in awhile, hope he does well.

    Its Sho-Time.

  5. Colorado Red

    Any word on when Nick will play?
    Hope this is just being careful not another injur.

    • MK

      Last week they reported he was still involved in a rehab throwing program. Suarez as well.

  6. RedNat

    Schebler and Dietrich? Really? Surprised bell didnt put Kemp in right and Peraza at shortstop just for old times sake

  7. DaveCT

    That’s some White Sox lineup. Minus Grandal

  8. vegastypo

    Shogo with a leadoff single. It’s only spring training, but may I just say, Yay !! ??

  9. DocProc

    Winker HBP (wrist), leaves the game.

  10. ClevelandRedsFan

    Cowboy described Winker’s HBP as it hitting him flush on the wrist and dropping straight down. I hope it’s not serious

    • vegastypo

      I’ll feel better about things by how he feels tomorrow, and how soon he’s back in the lineup. A wrist injury in his minor league days cost him his power hitting, if I remember correctly.

  11. TBD

    “Cincinnati finished dead last in exit velocity in the Major Leagues”
    Wow that’s the first I’ve heard that.
    Do we think that had to do with the players or the hitting coach or a combo

    • RojoBenjy

      Well, the important question is really, “Where were the Reds in league Launch Angle(TM)?”

      I’m asking for Turner Ward.

      • RojoBenjy

        Another caveat to exit velo— if there was a Jose Peraza filter in the data, then where would the Reds have ranked?

      • Jefferson Green

        2020: No Peraza, no Scooter, no Kemp, no (injured) Schebler. Add Mous, Castellanos. The Reds’ average exit velocity is already better.

  12. TBD

    I just turned on the broadcast — I hear baseball.
    wow that feels good. Like a long lost friend.

    • TBD

      vega.
      Winker then Davidson.
      I guess the White Sox pitchers are practicing up to when they face the Astros.

  13. AirborneJayJay

    Finnegan with 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 K, 1BB. That is encouraging. Gutierez had a good 2.0 IP. Shafer with 1 IP and 2K. Sims ok, Powers sort of ok. Volstad and Nutof give it away in the 9th.

    • JayTheRed

      Shafer is interesting to me. Looking forward to seeing more of what he can do. Also Finnegan would be nice to see him make a comeback.

    • AirborneJayJay

      I knew I forgot someone. Tejay Antone with 2 hitless and scoreless IP’s.
      Correction on Sims, not so good. 2 hits and 2 runs in 1 IP.

    • Jefferson Green

      Any notes (or comments by the Cowboy) about Finnegan’s velocity and break?

      • Matt WI

        It was posted in another thread that Cowboy cited 94mph, which Doug said that if true, it’s better than where he was at and a good sign.

    • Devin

      Nutof didn’t give it away, he came in to get out of the inning without letting in his inherited runners.

  14. MBS

    Excited to see Gutierrez and Finnegan with good outings