The game didn’t get out to the best start for the Cincinnati Reds as they took on the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Park. The A’s took advantage of Wade Miley in the bottom of the 1st inning and scored two runs on a Matt Olson homer. But the Reds would score four runs in the top of the 3rd to take the lead. Oakland grabbed the lead back in the bottom of the inning on another home run – but it was all Cincinnati from that point forward as they scored seven runs the rest of the way to pull out the 11-5 win.
Wade Miley struggled – allowing four earned runs in 2.1 innings on two hits and four walks with three strikeouts. The bullpen was strong after that, though. Tyler Thornburg, Matt Bowman, and Brooks Raley all threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Joel Kuhnel and R.J. Alaniz both recorded shutout innings of their own. Jesse Biddle came on for the final frame and had to work around multiple baserunners thanks to a single, error, and a hit batter – but got a ground ball double play and a pop out to get through things unscathed.
Matt Davidson got the Reds on the board in the 3rd inning on a 3-run home run, his first of the spring. Francisco Pena would add to the Reds lead in the 5th inning with a 2-run homer of his own. He would finish the day 2-3 with two runs and three runs batted in.
Alex Blandino and Scott Schebler both put in some work on the day – each hitting two doubles for the Reds. The center field spot saw plenty of success on the day. Shogo Akiyama got the start and picked up two singles in three at-bats. TJ Friedl took over for him and picked up two more singles in two at-bats. Christian Colon and Brantley Bell did their damage at the first base spot, with both of them picking up a double on the day and each scoring a run. Narciso Crook would line a single into left field in the top of the 9th to nab the 16th hit of the day for Cincinnati. You can see the entire box score for the game here.