The Cincinnati Reds took on the Chicago Cubs in Goodyear on Wednesday afternoon. Only in spring training will you see a tie, but this is spring training and the game ended in a tie.
Josh VanMeter hit a baseball to Mars. Probably. VanMeter, who hit the longest home run of the 2019 season among Cincinnati’s 227 of them, may have been trying to match that one. Look at where this thing lands….
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) March 4, 2020
OK, so perhaps it didn’t go 463 feet like the one he hit in Milwaukee last year, but using some google maps measurement tools, that thing went about 420 feet and was no slouch. For the record, that’s roughly 71 VanMeter’s for those of you keeping track at home. He’d also add a single, going 2-2 on the day and raising his average to .455 on the spring.
VanMeter wasn’t the only Red to hit a baseball over the fence. Derek Dietrich also unloaded on a ball an inning later, crushing his first homer of the spring into right-center. He and the pitcher both knew it as soon as he hit it, too. Dietrich struck a quick pose to watch it, while the pitcher didn’t bother to even turn around and check.
The big blow after the two solo homers came off of the bat of Alex Blandino. After taking over for Mike Moustakas in the lineup he smacked a 2-run double that brought in Jose Garcia and Christian Colon. Garcia went 1-3 on the day, while Colon walked earlier in the inning. That double gave Cincinnati the lead for the time, though the Cubs would eventually come back and tie the game in the top of the 9th. Alejo Lopez would single in the bottom of the 9th but was erased on a fielder choice.
On the mound it was Tejay Antone who got the start – he allowed a run in 1.0 innings with a strikeout. Pedro Strop, Michael Lorenzen, Amir Garrett, Sal Romano, and Nate Jones all tossed a shutout inning of relief. It was a tougher day for both Raisel Iglesias and Robert Stephenson – both of whom struggled with their control on the day. Ryan Lillie came on to record the final out of 6th inning, getting a fly out to center field. Cody Reed had a little bit of bad luck, with one of his two runs in the 9th inning being unearned. You can see the entire box score for the game here.