Well, the good news is that the Cincinnati Reds offense absolutely went off on the Chicago White Sox this afternoon. The bad news is that the White Sox offense also went off on the Reds pitching. The White Sox would top the Reds in a game of touch football, 14-12. You can see the entire box score here.

Homer Bailey started the game for the Reds and had some struggles. He allowed seven hits in 3.0 innings. Some of them were ones that simply found the grass and weren’t well struck. But a few of them were crushed, including a 472 foot home run. The White Sox scored six earned off of Bailey on the day – scoring in every inning against him. Tanner Rainey took over after that, and he was charged with an earned run in his inning of work with a walk and two strikeouts.

The Amir Garrett show came to an end in the 6th inning. The lefty tossed a shutout 5th frame, but in the 6th the White Sox scored two runs off of him after allowing a double, sac fly, and a solo home run. He would walk two batters with one strikeout on the day. He now has 11 strikeouts and two walks in 7.0 innings – allowing just those two earned runs.

Kevin Quackenbush was the only Cincinnati pitcher to not allow a run on the day. He tossed a shutout 7th inning with two strikeouts. Jackson Stephens came on for the 8th inning. He ran into some bad luck, breaking two different bats where both led to singles. But, Stephens also got himself into some trouble. He walked two batters in the inning and allowed a grand slam.

Several of the starters racked up plenty of plate appearances. Nick Senzel started at third base and went 1-3 with a double, run and an RBI. Joey Votto notched his first hit of the spring, going 1-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Scott Schebler went off, going 4-4 with a home run, steal, two runs batted in, and three runs scored. Adam Duvall went 1-3 with a walk and a double. Dilson Herrera didn’t play in the field, but he did damage at the plate, going 3-4 with two runs and two runs driven in. He also stole a base. Tucker Barnhart went 1-3 with a walk, home run (2) and three runs batted in. Phillip Ervin went 1-2 with a walk, triple, and to runs batted in.

Among the back ups there wasn’t much to write about. Chad Tromp singled in his lone plate appearance. Brandon Dixon walked and scored a run. That’s it.

15 Responses

  1. madd

    I realize it is Spring Training aka practice, but you have to be a little concerned with the starting pitching…

    • Doug Gray

      It’s Arizona. The ball absolutely flies, and breaking balls don’t quite break like they do other places. Obviously you would like to see better performances, but I’m just worrying about guys not being injured.

  2. Kap

    I’m still intrigued by phillip ervin. He has looked very good this spring hitting wise. Just hope he can carry some of that hitting ability into the regular season with him. And I’m honestly not surprised hamilton is the only regular without a hit so far

  3. droomac

    I know the Padres and Braves systems are typically ranked higher, but the ChiSox sure look to have some really great young players.

  4. DocProc

    For the record, Schebler is torching the ball to all fields. I was at the games today and yesterday and he’s on fire.

    • CP

      Makes me hopeful he is primed to put together a breakout season. If Schebler takes the next step forward and ups his OBP to go along with that power, watch out. Cheap, young and talented. That’s exactly what small market teams that are rebuilding need.

  5. Wes

    Homer seems like homer of last year. If he starts the season like this- how long til they pull the plug on him ? He hits May with highest era as a starter in NL you gotta be getting close to giving up on him imo. To many disgruntled fans and to many guys knocking at door to just let him be terrible every 5th day again. I also don’t think they can cut him either. Don’t think reds will write the check.

    • Andrew

      If you can’t keep in the lineup but can’t cut him, and obviously wouldn’t be able to trade him in the above scenario, what do you do?

  6. MikeD

    Way to early to worry about Homer. He’s a vet and no doubt he is focused on the process and not the results. I agree with Doug, it’s all about the health. Talent will prevail if the health is there.

    I believe if the Reds stay healthy, they will be successful pitching wise. I question the offense a bit. A lineup with Peraza, Barnhart, Hamilton and the pitcher, does not provide much offense.

  7. MK

    He better be, Jesse Winker is at the door with a burning torch.

    • Alex Reds

      Schebler should start in CF. Hamilton starts on Schebler and other OF rest days and should be utilized as defensive replacement and pinch runner later in the game.
      Good to see some sign of life from Dilson Herrera.

  8. William Kubas

    Former Stanford Cardinal, Alex Blandino comes in as a defensive substitution at shortstop. With no hits in one at bat, Blandino’s batting average falls to .267 and his on base percentage to .363.


  9. William Kubas

    Former University of West Alabama Tiger, Tanner Rainey pitches the 4th inning, throwing two wild pitches ( allowing the runner to advance to 2nd then 3rd base), a single (RBI) and two strikeouts.


    Shout to the Bank Street Bank of Nova Scotia Cincinnati Reds’ hot stove

  10. sultanofswaff

    I wanna be a Homer believer, but one thing that has remained consistent since he returned from injury is the home run ball. Until there is improvement in that area, there has to be a leash of some sort.

    • Clammy

      Tom Browning gave up almost 30 homers per season and was still successful because most of them were solo homers. In 1988 he gave up 36 homes in 250 innings, e.r.a. 3.41