The Cincinnati Reds lost 6-2 to the Cleveland Guardians in the Spring Breakout game on Saturday night. The Reds prospects managed two runs on just three hits in the 7-inning contest.

Cade Hunter went 1-2 with a double and an RBI. Mat Nelson went 1-2 with an RBI. Tyler Callihan went 1-2. Jacob Hurtubise, Jay Allen II, and Carlos Sanchez all drew a walk in the game, and Allen II came around to score one of the runs that Cincinnati had.

On the mound the start went to Ryan Cardona and he allowed a run in 2.0 innings – giving up a solo home run in the 2nd innings. Andrew Moore threw a shutout inning with a strikeout. Cody Adcock followed Moore and threw 2.0 shutout innings with a walk and a strikeout.

You can see the entire box score for the game here.

The game got started 37 minutes after the expected start time. It followed the big league game at Goodyear Ballpark that featured the Reds and Mariners, and that game did not end until 10 minutes prior to the expected start of the Spring Breakout game, so it got pushed back a bit to give time for the other players to clear out and the prospects to get warmed up.

While things didn’t go smoothly on the field, they may or may not have gone smoothly at all in terms of production. Major League Baseball promoted the Spring Breakout series in a big way. They claimed that the games would all be watchable on one service or another. MLB.com and ESPN+ both had this game, and yet there was not a single play of the game that fans could watch. Instead they got a splash screen and the Cleveland Guardians radio broadcast of the game. ESPN+ seemed so confused that after about the 1st inning, whoever was running their stream, tried to refresh their feed on a computer and when it came back and still just had the MLB.com splash screen and overlaid radio broadcast they left the ESPN+ feed as a full screen recording of their computer web browser.

It was bad enough that the Reds game on Thursday was essentially two webcams from the press box where any baseball hit into the outfield was untrackable, and any baseball hit into the outfield corners was invisible as were the fielders who went after it, but to not even have ANYTHING for this game is sad. The Reds at least had webcam video on Thursday. Cleveland’s only game was this one and their fans couldn’t watch any of it unless they were in Goodyear and bought a ticket to the game. Just completely embarrassing job, Major League Baseball. You have to find a way to do better.

While there will still be some minor leaguers that show up this spring in some big league games, the next opportunity we’ll have – unless you’re in Arizona – to see a minor league game will be on March 29th when Louisville opens their season at home against Indianapolis. Daytona, Dayton, and Chattanooga don’t get on the field until April 5th. Dayton starts the season at home, but both Daytona and Chattanooga are on the road to begin the season.

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    • Doug Gray

      That stood out to me, too. Seems weird to include him on the roster and not have him get into the game(s).