Reds Spring Training Game Review – 3/17/17 Doug Gray March 18, 2017 6 Comments The Cincinnati Reds picked up the win on Friday night against the Cleveland Indians. Both teams scored twice in the 1st inning. A 5-run 7th inning gave the Reds a 7-3. That’s where the score stayed the rest of the game. You can see the entire box score for the game here. Brandon Finnegan started for the Reds and threw 4.0 innings. He turned the game over to lefty Wandy Peralta in the 5th. He threw two perfect innings and picked up two strikeouts along the way. That lowered his ERA to 4.70 on the spring with one walk and eight strikeouts in 7.2 innings. Right handed reliever Barrett Astin took over from there. He threw two shutout frames with just one hit allowed. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out four. That lowered his ERA to 1.35 with 12 strikeouts and no walks in 6.2 innings. Lucas Luetge came on for the final inning of the game and held the lead. He walked a batter and struck out a batter in a hitless 9th. That lowered the left handers ERA on the spring to 2.57. No minor leaguers started in the field, but some found their way into the game. Hernan Iribarren drove in a run with a sac fly in his only plate appearance. Patrick Kivlehan took over at third for Eugenio Suarez. He went 1-2 with a double and a run scored. Ryan Raburn took over in right field for Scott Schebler and went 1-2 with a run scored. Chad Wallach came on to replace Tucker Barnhart behind the plat and crushed a 2-run double. He went 1-2 with a run. Sebastian Elizalde pinch hit in the 7th inning and doubled in a run of his own. Elizalde would also score later in the inning. 6 Responses Steve March 18, 2017 7 runs on only 8 hits. Great job of bunching hits together. Glad to see some really good hard hit balls today by the Reds. Backups played well today and selecting bench spots didn’t get any easier with contributions by many still in contention. Bullpen pitched great too. All 3 relievers still in the running for the final 2 bullpen spots. Go Reds! HavaKlu March 18, 2017 Despite never having pitched at the AAA level, Barrett Astin has to be solidly in the bullpen mix, if not to start, then soon after. BillyMcCool March 18, 2017 I’d like to see Barrett Astin in the Reds bullpen in April. Cguy March 18, 2017 Bily McCool from Whiskey City? Norwood Nate March 18, 2017 Astin has been impressive. In a way, he may have been the first piece of the rebuild. Traded Broxton and his salary for Astin and Shackleford, after a few years of patience one of those pieces may pay off. BillyMcCool March 18, 2017 I have been a Barrett Astin fan since the day of the Broxton trade. Astin was a 3rd Round pick—(#90 overall) in 2013 out of the U. of Arkansas. And yes, Astin is the very 1st piece of the “REBUILD”.