Nick Lodolo struck out eight batters in 6.0 shutout innings and the offense was able to put together a big afternoon that saw them pound 14 hits and score 10 runs as the Cincinnati Reds put together a 10-0 win against the Los Angeles Angels to move them back over the .500 mark on the spring.
|Los Angeles Angels (13-8-2)|
|Cincinnati Reds (12-11-1)||10||14||0|
|W: Lodolo L: Silseth
|Box Score | Game Thread|
Nick Lodolo was dominant over the first three innings of his start, striking out four batters and allowing a lone walk to account for the Angels man to reach base. In the bottom of the 3rd inning TJ Friedl got the Reds offense started after seeing just 11 pitches in the first two innings. Friedl led off the inning with a single and then he stole second base. With two outs he’d come around to score on an RBI single by Jonathan India to put the Reds on top 1-0.
In the top of the 4th inning things weren’t as smooth for the Reds young lefty. After striking out Taylor Jones to start he inning, Lodolo walked Hunter Renfroe, gave up a single to Gio Urshela, and then walked Logan O’Hoppe. He then went to a full count on Kevin Padlo before striking him out on a slider. Jordyn Adams then flew out to center to end the inning and squash the Angels threat.
Wil Myers then led off the bottom of the inning with his 1st home run of the spring, crushing the homer into right center and extending the Cincinnati lead to 2-0. The Reds weren’t done there, though. Jake Fraley doubled into right center and then scored a pitch later when Kevin Newman blooped a single into center. TJ Friedl followed up with a walk and then both Friedl and Newman scored when Spencer Steer doubled. Chad Pinder then picked up his first hit that didn’t come on a Tuesday in spring training when he doubled down the left field line to make it 6-0. Jonathan India then singled Pinder in to make it 7-0, and on the throw to the plate India took second base. Wil Myers singled brought India home. Tyler Stephenson followed up with a single of his own, but left fielder Taylor Ward had the ball trickle by him and Myers raced home to make it 9-0 and cap off the 8-run inning.
With a big lead to work with Nick Lodolo went to work in the top of the 5th inning. After a leadoff single he induced a ground ball double play. That worked out well because the next batter doubled, but he was stranded when Lodolo picked up his 7th strikeout of the day. Cincinnati padded the lead in the bottom of the frame when Kevin Newman singled and came around to score on another RBI hit from Jonathan India, making it 10-0.
Nick Lodolo came back out for the top of the 6th inning and he made easy work of the Angels 4-5-6 hitters as he retired them in order while picking up strikeout number eight on the day. That would be his final inning of the day, exiting after 6.0 innings of shutout baseball while allowing three hits and walking three batters.
With Lodolo finished for the day, the Reds turned to another lefty and called on Reiver Sanmartin to take the mound to begin the top of the 7th. Jose Barrero also found his way out to center as a defensive replacement. Sanmartin retired the first two batters he faced before giving up a single, but he worked around it by getting Taylor Ward to ground out to shortstop to hold the 10-0 lead.
Ian Gibaut entered the game in the top of the 8th inning in his second appearance since returning from the World Baseball Classic and tossed a shutout inning. The Reds got singles in the bottom of the inning from Matt Reynolds and Will Benson, but they would be left on the bases as the game headed to the 9th.
Alex Young took over and needed to record three outs without giving up 10 or more runs. The assignment was an easy one that he passed as he struck out the side and end the game.
Nick Lodolo’s outing lowered his ERA to 1.93 on the spring and he now has 19 strikeouts in his 14.0 innings. Alex Young has 12 strikeouts and just two walks in 9.0 innings this spring to go along with his 2.00 ERA.
Jonathan India had another big day at the plate and is now hitting .289/.429/.474 with twice as many walks (8) as strikeouts (4). Spencer Steer just keeps on hitting and now has a .333/.415/.556 line in his 41 plate appearances.
The Reds don’t play on Tuesday. It’s their final day off during the spring until they leave Goodyear on Sunday to come back to Cincinnati to get ready for opening day. They will get back on the field Wednesday night against the San Diego Padres.