The Cincinnati Reds were supposed to play a set of games on Tuesday night. And both games got started, but the home game in Goodyear lasted all of three pitches before the rain came. And it was enough rain that it caused the game to be rained out. An hour later the game against the Chicago Cubs got underway as expected, and they played that one all the way to the finish. The Reds picked up the win, their 5th of the spring, by beating up on various Cubs pitchers throughout the night. Cincinnati won by a final score of 12-3. You can see the entire box score for the game right here.

On the mound it was another strong showing for Tyler Mahle. The young right-handed pitcher tossed 3.0 shutout innings. He allowed two hits and struck out five without a walk. After that he handed the game over to Matt Wisler who tossed a perfect inning with two strikeouts of his own. Anthony Bass came on for a shutout inning of his own. Cody Reed threw two shutout frames of relief before handing the ball over to Vladimir Gutierrez for the 9th, hoping to hold an 11-run lead. He did. But the defense led to two unearned runs in the final frame.

Offensively, with a final score of 12-3, the team clearly put together plenty of good at-bats. Kyle Farmer homered for the second time this spring. Connor Joe cracked his first home run of the spring. He finished by going 2-3 with 2 walks on the night. Courtney Hawkins did damage in the 9th inning with a 2-run shot – his second of the spring. Cassidy Brown would double, and Christian Colon would triple to round out the extra-base hit parade for the Reds on the night.

Here’s how all of the minor league players performed on the night:

  • Nick Senzel went 0-3.
  • Kyle Farmer went 1-3 with a home run (2).
  • Connor Joe went 2-3 with a 3-run home run (1) and 2 walks.
  • Blake Trahan went 1-4 with a run scored.
  • Courtney Hawkins went 1-2 with a 2-run home run (2).
  • Stuart Fairchild went 0-2.
  • Narciso Crook went 1-1.
  • Josh VanMeter went 0-1.
  • Cassidy Brown went 1-1.
  • Hendrik Clementina went 0-1 with a walk and a run.
  • Sherman Johnson went 0-0 with a walk and a run.
  • Vladimir Gutierrez was charged with 2 unearned runs in an inning of work with a strikeout.

The Reds are off on Wednesday. They’ll return to play on Thursday against the Dodgers on the road with Sonny Gray on the mound.

22 Responses

  1. Beard

    Fingers crossed, but the Reds have been fairly healthy so far minus Alex Wood and Sonny Gray. Gray seems to be on pace to start the regular season. Mahler can capably cover Wood if there is an absence. Senzel appears to be the guy who will get the most starts in CF whether it is on Opening Day or mid-April. The bench depth looks solid. And the bullpen should be good. I don’t remember a spring training in recent memory that has been this smooth. Let’s get the regular season started!

    • Beard

      *Mahle (I don’t think Rick Mahler is making a comeback.)

      • Michael Smith

        @beard never doubt a nasty boy like Rick Mahler

      • Puig66

        I hope Rick Mahler does not make a comeback. He passed away 14 years ago this month…

      • MK

        If Mahler comes back they might change Easter as he is dead.

      • Randy in Chatt

        Now that would be a comeback! Probably the front runner for Comeback Player of the Year….just a guess

  2. Cguy

    Nice to see the Cubbies Tyler Chatwood in midseason form, walking 3 of the 10 batters he faced.

  3. Wes

    gods be danged. I didn’t realize til last night mahle and Castillo were suppose to square off of sorts….all that trash talking yesterday set up the perfect scenario and then….it rained in the desert- life of a reds fan I guess….

    Getting harder and harder to over look mahle.

    • Alpha Zero

      Mahle’s going to get lots of MLB time this year as the first man up in case of injuries. If he performs, I imagine he’ll slide right into Roark’s spot when he leaves in FA.

    • Kindell

      I don’t think anyone is overlooking Mahle. This is just Spring Training and numbers do not mean a lot.

      Every team deals with injuries in their rotation and its the most important position in baseball to have depth. I think the Reds feel like Mahle will be a contributor in this rotation for awhile.

      • Wes

        If u annoint Castillo over mahle and not take spring training performance into the equation then that’s certainly over looking him.

      • Cguy

        I believe David Bell (our new manager) in conjunction with Derek Johnson (our new pitching coach) already named their 5 man rotation for the beginning of the 2019 season. I hesitate to think either of them have overlooked anyone.

  4. MK

    On radio it sounded like the ground crew was completely inept at getting the tarp on. I was there a few years ago when a 15 minute rain rained out an afternoon game because they couldn’t get field covered,

  5. Bill

    Wisler, Reed and Bass seem to be showing the best in spring training for the last 1-2 bullpen slots. I’m guessing Robert Stephenson starts the season on the DL and once ready, heads to Louisville for a full 30-day rehab assignment.

      • Bill

        I agree, Krol has looked good; it will be tough for either he or Bass to crack the team as non-roster players.

      • Cguy

        I agree also. Still, to have Bass & Krol in Louisville is a weapon. Either can get out vs ML hitters.

    • Oldtimer

      ST numbers are meaningless but Bass has 0.00 ERA in 7.2 IP. Reed has 9.00 ERA in 7.0 IP. Based on ST only, Reed has not pitched especially well.

      Bass looks very good in ST games.

      • Bill

        I agree Oldtimer, nothing should be based on ST numbers. Reed had a nice year last year and appears pretty comfortable out of the pen. Wisler is out of options and looked decent out of the pen last year as well. I don’t agree that ST statistics are meaningless, but I do think they should carry very little weight.

  6. MK

    I think watching the Gameday broadcast I saw that Reed made 6 pitches, 6 strikes, 6 outs. Pretty nice outing.

    • Randy in Chatt

      Gameday just does a strikes summary, no balls counted. Why? I don’t know. Seems lazy to me.
      If you already knew that was being sarcastic, NP.