The Cincinnati Reds are back at it this afternoon, playing two games. At home they will take on the Arizona D’Backs. They’ll also play a game on the road against Colorado Rockies. The games are scheduled for 4:05pm ET (Arizona) and 4:10pm ET (Colorado).
The Cincinnati Reds are back to playing just one game a day as they take on the Chicago White Sox on the road in Camelback Ranch. The game will be at 4:05pm ET.
Cincinnati Reds (7-7-3) Starting Lineup and Roster
|vs Arizona (Home)
||vs Rockies (Road)
|1||Shogo Akiyama – CF||Nick Senzel – DH|
|2||Joey Votto – 1B||Jesse Winker – LF|
|3||Nick Castellanos – RF||Phillip Ervin – RF|
|4||Mike Moustakas – 2B||Derek Dietrich – 1B|
|5||Tucker Barnhart – C||Curt Casali – C|
|6||Freddy Galvis – DH||Aristides Aquino – CF|
|7||Kyle Farmer – SS||Jose Garcia – SS|
|8||Matt Davidson – 3B||Alex Blandino – 3B|
|9||Mark Payton – LF||Christian Colon – 2B|
|10||Luis Castillo – RHP||Tyler Mahle – RHP|
|Expected to Pitch||Expected to Pitch|
|Michael Lorenzen||Sal Romano|
|Tyler Thornburg||Joel Kuhnel|
|Matt Bowman||R.J. Alaniz|
|David Carpenter||Nate Jones|
|Brooks Raley||Josh Smith|
Reserve players on today’s roster:
|vs Arizona (Home)
||vs Rockies (Road)|
|P||Brandon Finnegan||P||Ryan Lillie|
|P||Ryan Nutof||P||Julio Pinto|
|P||Walker Weickel||P||Dylan Rheault|
|C||Francisco Pena||C||Mark Kolozsvary|
|C||Ernesto Liberatore||C||Morgan Lofstrom|
|IF||Brantley Bell||C||Tyler Stephenson|
|IF||Alberti Chavez||IF||Michael De Leon|
|IF||Jonathan India||IF||Miguel Hernandez|
|IF||Ibandel Isabel||IF||Gavin LaValley|
|IF||Alejo Lopez||IF||Quincy McAfee|
|IF||Blake Trahan||IF||Brian Rey|
|OF||Brandon Barnes||IF||Alfredo Rodriguez|
|OF||Michael Beltre||OF||Lorenzo Cedrola|
|OF||Narciso Crook||OF||Boog Powell|
Arizona D’Backs and Colorado Rockies Lineups
|1||Tim Locastro – CF||David Dahl – DH|
|2||Josh Rojas – SS||Trevor Story – SS|
|3||Stephen Vogt – DH||Charlie Blackmon – RF|
|4||Christian Walker – 1B||Nolan Arenado – 3B|
|5||Jon Jay – LF||Daniel Murphy – 1B|
|6||Trayce Thompson – RF||Ryan McMahon – 2B|
|7||Ildemaro Vargas – 2B||Ian Desmond – LF|
|8||John Hicks – C||Raimel Tapia – CF|
|9||Juniel Querecuto – 3B||Tony Wolters – C|
|10||Taylor Clarke – RHP||Chi Chi Gonzalez – 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 Arizona game will be available on 1360 WSAI at 4:00pm ET. The game against Colorado will not be broadcasted. Neither game is available to watch on any platform.
Reds links and news
C. Trent Rosecrans wrote about shortstop prospect Jose Garcia at The Athletic this morning. He talked with Barry Larkin, Daryle Ward – who was the hitting coach for Garcia in 2018 when he was in Low-A Dayton, teammate Stuart Fairchild, and a scout who made an interesting comparison to a big leaguer. Go read it.
Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com we took a look at how the organization’s top prospects have performed so far in spring training. Tyler Stephenson’s great start has somehow been overlooked.
Eugenio Suarez was on the field taking grounders and making throws today in Goodyear. Video evidence of such from the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Bobby Nightengale.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) March 10, 2020
Not Cincinnati Reds specific, but Craig Edwards took a look at the whole 3-batter minimum rule over at Fangraphs this morning to try and work through scenarios and see what makes the most sense for managers to do when presented with an option to bring in a reliever who may not have the best match up. It’s an interesting piece that is built upon the one Jayson Stark wrote over at The Athletic the other day after speaking with managers around the game.
Final: D’backs 10 – Reds 2
Things looked good early on for Cincinnati…. until they didn’t.
Nick Castellanos started a 2-out rally in the 1st inning with a single. Mike Moustakas followed with a 2-run homer, his second home run of the spring. That’s where the score remained until Arizona touched up Luis Castillo for four runs in the 4th inning. He would finish with this line for the day: 3.2IP, 7H, 4ER, 1BB, 4K. Brandon Finnegan would record a strikeout of the final batter of the 4th inning.
Michael Lorenzen and David Carpenter would both toss a shutout inning of relief on the day. Tyler Thornburg allowed a solo home run in his inning of work. Nick Lodolo, one of the Cincinnati Reds top prospects, made his spring debut on the day and allowed an infield single and a solo home run in the 9th inning.
After the Mike Moustakas home run in the 1st inning the Reds failed to record another hit until Jonathan India’s 2-out single in the bottom of the 9th inning. You can see the entire box score for the game here.
Final: Reds 5 – Rockies 5
Two of the Reds shortstop prospects homered, and Tyler Mahle had a solid start – but Cincinnati picked up their 4th tie of the spring in this one.
Both Jose Garcia and Alfredo Rodriguez homered in the game. Garcia’s solo home run in the 4th inning was his 4th of the spring. For Rodriguez, his 5th inning 2-run shot was his 2nd of the year. Jesse Winker went 2-3 with a double. Alex Blandino also went 2-3 and he scored a run. Derek Dietrich went 1-3 with a double. Catching prospect Tyler Stephenson went 1-1 to raise his average to .375.
Tyler Mahle allowed one earned run on two hits and three walks in 3.1 innings that also included five strikeouts. Sal Romano, Lucas Sims, Nate Jones, and Josh Smith all threw hitless innings of relief. R.J. Alaniz allowed three runs in his inning of work. You can see the entire box score for the game here.