Things didn’t go well for the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night in Goodyear. Fortunately the games don’t count. And as far as we know, everyone left the game healthy and that’s all that really matters. But the score left the Reds on the wrong side of things, falling to the Seattle Mariners by a score of 11-3. That puts their record at 4-7-2 on the spring. You can see the entire box score for the game here.

On the mound we saw Luis Castillo get the start. He allowed 3 runs in 2.0 innings with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Tim Adleman followed up by allowing a run in his inning of work that included a strikeout.  Zach Duke, Michael Lorenzen, and Buddy Boshers all threw a shutout inning of relief.

At the plate the big blow for the Cincinnati Reds came off of the bat of Derek Dietrich on a baseball that had to go 450 feet. He absolutely crushed that baseball over the berm in right-center field. Curt Casali played in his first game of the spring, going 1-2 with a run scored as the designated hitter. Joey Votto walked twice in three trips to the plate. Yasiel Puig went 2-2 with a double. Nick Senzel returned to the lineup, started in center, and went 1-3.

Here’s how all of the minor leaguers performed in the game:

Scheduled to pitch on Friday for the Reds: Vladimir Gutierrez, Lucas Sims, Keury Mella, Ian Krol, Anthony Bass, Raisel Iglesias, and Jared Hughes.

16 Responses

  1. RedFuture

    It will take some kind of miracle for Finnegan to break camp with Reds. He is just woeful!

    • Wes

      Ironically his era is still about 3 runs lower than Castillo’s though. If he can’t turn a page Idk how u can feel confident w him rolling into the season??

      • Klugo

        Might be time to start giving a Lorenzen a look as a starter.

  2. Jim

    The play so far this spring has me holding off on a MLB tv package.
    Votto: .083 batting ave
    Castillo: looked like a AA pitcher up for a spring look
    Vlad the pitcher is looking good vs MLB and AAA talent. I’m even happy with .200 from Trammel. A-Rod the SS has looked ok even.

    C’mon people give me some hope that that we lose less than 90 again.

    • Oldtimer

      Votto still has OBP above .400 despite low BA.

      • Oldtimer

        I looked it up. Votto has .450 OBP this ST despite just 1 hit.

      • MuddyCleats

        And that’s what every team wants 2 spend 25M a year on right…..? Anyone else think OBP might b over-rated just a little ?

    • wes

      I’m not ragging on Joey here, but he does this year. ST is a game to him- all he does is to see how many times he can walk lol. He should be batting 8th or 9th since that’s his game. It messes up the rest of what everyone else is trying to do.

  3. MK

    Rule V Draft question. If the Reds offer Connor Joe back to the Dodgers, do they need to give him a 40-man roster spot to take him back?

    • Bill

      MK, here’s how I think the Rule 5 process works … if the Connor Joe doesn’t make the Reds 25 man roster they will likely DFA him. Then they can trade him or expose him to waivers where the other teams can claim him. If another team acquires him, he must remain on their 25-man roster. Once he passes through waivers, the Dodgers can reacquire him. At this point, they are not required to keep him on their 40-man roster. Likewise, if they decline to reacquire him (perhaps the Reds send them another player or cash), he would not be on the Red’s 40-man roster either as he would have been exposed to waivers.

      • MK

        I think he goes back to Dodgers without being exposed to waivers if they want him back. The Reds could trade him or sell him to another team and he would need to remain on their 25-man for the whole year. If the Dodgers don’t want him the Reds could option him, if he has options. I am just wondering if Dodgers need to put him on their 40-man to rake him back even if it is just for the time necessary to DFA him. The reason the Reds could draft him is they did not have room to protect him on their 40-man,

      • Bill

        MK, here’s the rule directly from mlb’s website (my read is they come off the 40-man roster when they go through waivers):

        http://m.mlb.com/glossary/transactions/rule-5-draft

        Rule 5 Draft picks are assigned directly to the drafting club’s 25-man roster and must be placed on outright waivers in order to be removed from the 25-man roster in the subsequent season. Should the player clear waivers, he must be offered back to his previous team for $50,000 and can be outrighted to the Minors only if his original club does not wish to reacquire him.

      • Bill

        One more blurb that may be relevant to your question:

        “Clubs may trade a player selected in the Rule 5 Draft, but the same restrictions apply to the player’s new organization. However, a club may also work out a trade with the Rule 5 pick’s original club to acquire his full rights, thereby allowing him to be optioned to the Minors under traditional circumstances.”

    • Doug Gray

      If the Reds cut him, he goes on waivers first and any other team can claim him and have the same Rule 5 situation apply. He’ll have to stick with them for the full season. But if he goes unclaimed, then the Dodgers can either accept him back and pay the Reds back $50,000, or they can say “just keep him”.

      The Dodgers, if he were to get back to them, would not owe Connor Joe a spot on their 40-man roster.