The Cincinnati Reds were leading 1-0 in the 8th inning of their spring training game on Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. And then I turned the game on after checking into my hotel in Missouri. Within 10 minutes the Dodgers had jumped out to an 8-1 lead and didn’t look back. You can see the entire box score for the game here.

Tanner Roark dominated on the mound. He tossed 5.0 shutout innings, allowing just one base runner and he struck out eight. While spring training doesn’t matter, he seems to be feeling and throwing well. Cody Reed and Ty Boyles contributed a shutout inning of relief. But Anthony Bass and Brandon Finnegan combined to allow eight runs in the 8th inning, culminating with a grand slam to put the game away.

At the plate the lone Reds run came on a single by Jose Peraza that plated Yasiel Puig, who had doubled earlier in the inning. Nick Senzel singled and added a stolen base.

Here’s how all of the minor leaguers performed on the day:

15 Responses

  1. MK

    Cody Reed’s shutout inning of relief was ugly as he walked the bases loaded and had that deer in headlights look. Jeter Downs looked good offensively. It was very poor timing for Bass as he might have punched his ticket to Kentucky.

    I continue to be impressed with the play of Farmer. He looked good at second base. If they are taking best 25 it would be hard to say he isn’t one.

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    • Krozley

      I look at Reed’s inning a little more positive. He walked 2 (not 3), which is not good, but did get out of it with a couple weak ground balls and a strikeout against Justin Turner that was probably a 10 pitch at bat. At least he didn’t allow 6 runs this time, so a step in the right direction. I don’t think he makes the team, but I believe he can still be useful.

      Other notes from the game; the stadium was packed, and SRO fans circled the entire stadium. The crowd was probably 80% Dodgers fans, however, and they still love Puig and Kemp. Roark was dominant and even threw additional pitches in the pen after his 5 innings. Bass was nasty in the 7th inning, and then we left. Was surprised he got lit up in the 8th. Finnegan looks to be in shape and was in good spirits before the game signing autographs and joking with fans, and then got tagged again. His 40 man spot has got to be tenuous at this point.

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    • Big Ed

      Reed only walked 2 guys. When he got to a 3-2 count on I think Turner, he pumped in about 5 straight strikes and struvk him out with an off-speed pitch.

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  2. Norwood Nate

    Sounds like Stephenson threw well in the B game, 11 of 15 pitches thrown for strikes. It’s good that he’s getting in games and finding some success. Big season for him, make or break.

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    • Jim

      Looked liked on paper that BobSteve a month ago he wouldn’t make the team. Just being injured helped him compared to Finn.

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  3. jbonireland

    Stephenson is just running out of time, I certainly wouldn’t waste a 40 man on him. I would try putting him on waivers and if he clears then sign him to a minor league contract. Finnegan should be DFA’d today, while everyone says spring training doesn’t matter the last two years of abject failure do. Use the 40 man slot for someone who matters. Does any one know if Cody Reed has options left?

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    • victor vollhardt

      Wisler and Stephenson are the only two players with no options left. Room on the 40 man roster has to be made for Iglesias (the SS) and Dietrich. I believe both Graterol and Mason Williams are signed to contracts with the organization and don’t have opt-out clauses if they don’t make the MLB team, Bass (with a good spring up until last night) fate was probably sealed last night, My guess is that he along with Krol and Boshers have the right to be released if they don’t make the big team by a certain date. The play of Farmer almost assures that Conner Joe goes back to the Dodgers. All other players on the 40 man can be sent down and still be retained by the Reds

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      • MK

        Joe must have not made much of an impression on the Dodgers as their announcer called him Joe Connor.

  4. Cguy

    I count 36 players currently on the Reds 40 man roster. They’ll probably add Dietrich & Jose Iglesias to make 38. On the other hand a pair of Alex’s are likely to be placed on the DL (Blandino & Wood), . Little reason to DFA someone who has an option, unless the Reds have determined there’s no hope of improvement.

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  5. Bob Anderson

    Boy, the Reds ruined Finnegan. Just doesn’t have any stuff anymore. Those bicep injuries are devastating. Really the bicep powers stuff and many a time a severe strain permanently damages it.

    Guy should have been groomed back in 2016 for a high leverage bullpen role. Didn’t have the arm strength to start and now he is toast for a career.

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  6. MikeinSoCal

    Disco tuning it up. Good to see. Schebler still racking up the walks. Showing better plate discipline. Farmer has to make this team. Ervin deserves it too but that won’t work. Bench should be great and versatile. A lot of late inning switches.

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