The Cincinnati Reds fell to 1-3 on the spring after a 5-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday afternoon. The Reds notched eight hits on the day and two of them  belonged to Rule 5 pick Mark Payton. The left-handed hitting outfielder was slotted in the 7th spot and started in left field on the day.

Jose Garcia, fresh off of a 2-homer day, came on to take over at shortstop later in the game and went 1-2 with an opposite field double high off of the right field wall. He took over for Christian Colon who went 1-2 with a double of his own. Colon’s double drove in a run. Drew Mount went 1-1, picking up his first hit of the spring. Mount also picked up a stolen base, swiping third off of Mariners reliever Dan Altavilla.

On the mound there wasn’t much action for the minor leaguers on the day – but two prospects got into the game near the end. Tejay Antone came on for the eighth inning and fired a perfect inning with a strikeout. Vladimir Gutierrez came out for the ninth inning, and much like Antone, Gutierrez fired off a perfect inning. The Cuban-born right-hander picked up two strikeouts in his outing.

Among the big leaguers it was a mixed bag. On the mound Sonny Gray looked good in his first outing, throwing 2.0 shutout innings with three strikeouts and three ground ball outs. Robert Stephenson tossed a perfect inning of relief with a strikeout. Nick Castellanos, Phillip Ervin, and Travis Jankowski all had singles among the starters in the lineup.

On the other side of the field was a familiar name – Jose Siri. The former Reds prospect hit a long home run off of Cody Reed, going 1-2 on the day. You can see the entire box score for the game right here.

7 Responses

  1. cinvenfan

    Hate to say it, but I get the feeling the Reds are going to regret letting Siri go. Keeping Schebler instead might be the worst decision this offseason.

  2. MK

    Seems a little different pitching philosophy with guys like Finnegan, Gutierrez, Sims making two appearances in four games rather than once a week for the first couple weeks like in the past.

    • RojoBenjy

      You think it’s for development, or because the staff wants to see those guys more early on for decision-making?

    • Jefferson Green

      The Reds chose to start camp later and be more intense about the work once started, so that could be part of it.