Cincinnati Reds Spring Training Game Review: 3/9/19

Saturday night saw the Cincinnati Reds fall to the San Diego Padres by a score of 6-2 in a road game. That dropped the Reds to a 4-9-2 on the spring. The big blow against Cincinnati came on a grand slam in the 7th inning. The Padres tacked on two runs in the 8th inning as well. You can see the entire box score for the game right here.

Offensively there wasn’t much going on. The Reds got extra-base hits by their former Dodgers. Matt Kemp went 2-3 with a double. Yasiel Puig went 1-3 with a double and a run scored. Kyle Farmer, starting at catcher, went 1-3 with a triple and an RBI. Jose Iglesias, Joey Votto, and Connor Joe all added singles in the game.

On the mound the big story was that Sonny Gray made his spring debut. He threw 2.0 shutout innings, allowing two hits and struck out three batters. Gray handed the game over to Matt Wisler threw 2.0 shutout innings with a strikeout. Amir Garrett and Cody Reed both tossed perfect innings to follow. The bullpen struggled in the next two innings, though – allowing six runs as the Padres took and kept the lead.

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

Scheduled to pitch for the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday: Tanner Roark, David Hernandez, Raisel Iglesias, Anthony Bass, Ian Krol, and Matt Bowman.

13 Responses

  1. Hanawi

    Interesting to see what the Reds do with the backup catcher spot. Farmer has had a solid spring and Joe has been pretty good as well. I’m assuming Farmer would go down, since he has options, but maybe he’s playing himself onto the roster for the first bit until Casali gets healthy?

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Reds tried to swing a deal for Joe with the Dodgers, but not sure what that would take.

    • Doug Gray

      I think that if Casali isn’t ready to go, they’ll go with Connor Joe as long as they believe he can actually catch – because he can’t go back. It buys them a little more time.

      • Cguy

        Can Graterol opt out for free agency if he doesn’t make the Reds 25 man roster? He’d be good depth at Louisville in case Joe doesn’t work out.

      • Doug Gray

        I would doubt that Graterol was able to get that in his deal, but no – I don’t know for sure about that on any of the player contracts.

      • MK

        Supposedly we were going to see Joe behind the plate and Lorenzen in center field early in Spring Training games. Is this turning into a Bryan Price thing that once Manager says it, it is forgotten.

  2. MikeinSoCal

    If the Reds “head north” with the best team Farmer should be on the bus.

  3. MK

    It is possible that the Dodgers scouting Department will have a major role in the success of the Reds system in 2019 for all the teams from Dayton through Cincinnati. The Dragons will probably have James Marinan, Tortugas will probably have Hendrick Clementina and Aneurys Zabala, Lookouts- Ibandel Isabel; Bats: and though I agree he deserves to be a Red more likely Kyle Farmer; and the bevy of ex-Dodgers on the Reds.

  4. WVRon

    I’m beginning to think that there might be better use of a 40-man slot than Jesis Reyes.

  5. Northern Ky Reds

    Reds better go get reliever josh Fields. Dodgers just released him. Over last 2 years he has a 2.61 era. Averages 95mph

    • Optimist

      Apparently he’s a “fly-ball” pitcher, FWIW.

      • Northern Ky Reds

        2.61 Era though. Everybody can’t be a ground ball pitcher. He’s definitely worth a shot. He strands a lot of runners, much better than lorenzen in that middle relief role.

    • MK

      Kind of a head scratcher by Dodgers. They picked up a left handed pitcher from Orioles so they released Fields who had much better numbers than who replaced him.

  6. MikeinSoCal

    Fields had shoulder issues and his strikeouts were down (probably due to shoulder issues). But he looked good so far this spring…Roark had 6 SO in 4 innings today. Good to see someone pitching more than a couple of innings…Schebler collecting the walks in ST. Maybe trying to show his plate discipline is improving.