The Cincinnati Reds picked up another win, extending their win streak to three games on Monday. They beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Monday afternoon. You can see the entire box score here.

The pitching was strong for the Reds on Monday afternoon. Amir Garrett got the start, hoping to rebound a bit from his last outing. Did he ever do just that. The only runner that reached base against Garrett came on an error. Other than that he tossed 4.0 perfect innings with three strikeouts. For the spring the left hander now has a 0.79 ERA (5 unearned runs, 1 earned) in 11.1 innings on 10 hits, two walks and nine strikeouts.

The bullpen kept things going right where Garrett left off. Jimmy Herget took over in the 5th innings and tossed a shutout inning with a walk and two strikeouts. He now has 3.0 shutout innings this spring with two walks and five strikeouts. Left hander Nick Routt pitched a perfect 6th inning with two strikeouts. Kevin Shackelford kept things rolling around with a perfect 7th inning. Jackson Stephens came out for the 8th inning and kept the shutout alive with an inning of work that included a strikeout. The Athletics got on the board in the top of the 9th when a solo home run against Keury Mella gave them their first run. It was all that Mella would allow in his inning of work that included a strikeout.

At the plate Jesse Winker got the start in right field and went 1-1 with a walk and two runs scored. Ryan Raburn started at first base and went 1-2. Brandon Dixon got the nod at second base and hit his second home run of the spring, going 1-1 with 3 RBI. Rob Brantly started behind the plate and went 1-2 on the day. Gabby Guerrero took over in center field for Arismendy Alcantara and went 1-2. Seth Mejias-Brean took over at third base for Eugenio Suarez and also went 1-2.

23 Responses

  1. Michael Davis

    Jimmy Hergert, have any chance of making the club or is headed to Louisville?

    Who knows how these pitchers will do when the games mean something but, it’s a lot of fun to follow.

    If the Reds would find a way to sign the Lewis Robert, it would really bring the excitement back to the old ballpark.

    Winker isn’t hurting his chances, though I would like to see him go deep sooner than later.

    Spring is fun!

    • Doug Gray

      Herget with less than a 1% chance of making the team. Headed to Pensacola – he’s never pitched above A-ball.

      • MK

        AA can be such huge transition, I hope he at least starts there.

      • K. Davis

        Doug,

        What about Routt – Does he have a chance to make the big club? And now with the injury , does Garett , if he pitches well the rest of the spring, make the bigs out of training camp?

      • Doug Gray

        Doubtful that Routt makes the team out of the spring. Garrett has a much better chance. I still think the team will try to send him to the minors to get that extra year out of him, but between the number of injuries and his performance, it’s going to be tough.

    • The Duke

      Hard core fans like us would get excited about Luis Robert, the average Joe Fan won’t have a clue or understand why we won’t see him for 3-5 years.

  2. McLean

    I see where Price says the Reds will NOT carry 3 catchers…why not, if one of them is the best player for off the bench. When not starting, Barnhart — as a switch hitter — could be one of the team’s best pinch hitters…Turner is having a super spring, and could give the team depth, if they kept him. What is really sad is that Price, apparently, thinks he is making the roster calls. If true, that spells disaster.

    Still would like to see one game where Duvall plays 3B, Suarez moves to SS and Winker gets the call in LF…Could help this team’s offense immensely, if it stuck…But that would mean the manager, who had sore-shouldered Herrera at 3B early in camp, having to do something he is unaccustomed to doing — think ahead…or think period.

    • MK

      Really depends on whether they carry 12 or 13 pitchers. 3 catchers and 13 pitchers makes for s very short bench.

      • Warren McLean

        Excellent point. 13 pitchers is a lot early in the year, with off days & weather. I don’t like 13 pitchers at any time, but depends on team

    • The Duke

      Suarez has outgrown SS, and Duvall was a butcher when he played 3B for the Giants. It’s not going to happen. Suarez might be able to handle 2B. Maybe.

      • Warren McLean

        Excellent point. 13 pitchers is a lot early in the year, with off days & weather. I don’t like 13 pitchers at any time, but depends on team

      • Warren McLean

        Don’t disagree, but spring trading is the time to experiment! Try new things. Nobody thought Duval would be as good as he was in 2016 in LF… Maddon put Travis Wood there… just try a few things to see if it clicks…

  3. McLean

    With DeSclafani & Bailey out indefinitely, the Reds starting rotation should be Finnegan, Lorenzen, Feldman, Stephenson and Reed to begin the season (meaning you should try to stretch Lorenzen out sooner rather than later). In mid-April, then you can bring in Garrett, Romano and Davis and sort out the rest — with some going to the pen.

    The bullpen should have Iglescias, Storen, Cingrani, Wood, Arroyro, Hernandez and Routt to start the season. Two lefties. A veteran who could be a spot starter or long reliever and a backup pitching guru, and a youngster who can absolutely bring it in Hernandez. So what he has been hit around a little bit in the spring; remember Wood last year? This kid could learn a lot sitting next to Bronson in the bullpen and getting some chances. At his age, the time is now…

    • Wes

      Be patient. We have waited a decade on winker and Stephenson. What’s a couple more months for 1 more year of service time?

      • Doug Gray

        You need to wait 10 days for Winker. With Stephenson’s service time, I want to say it’s 6 weeks.

      • Wes

        I live in Louisville. Gonna make sure I make a couple early games!

  4. Michael Davis

    Wes, you are being kind of selfish with wanting to keep those guys at AAA. :)

    • Joe

      That was a terrific read. Thank you for sharing Micheal Davis.

    • MuddyCleats

      Really good stuff; thanks 4 the post. It all sounds good, but wouldn’t the $$$ be better spent on more talented players in the first place? Not trying 2 B a wisenheimer, but sounds like they’re spending a lot of money hoping they can find a way 2 turn a Ford into a Lincoln? Maybe it would cost less & produce more 2 just buy a few more Lincolns??