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Reds 4, Indians 4 - Cincinnati still on track for undefeated season

A tie!

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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Robert Stephenson got the start for the Cincinnati Reds in this one, and he flashed the kind of arsenal that's made him the top rated pitching prospect in the system for three years running.  He finished after 2 scoreless IP, in which he struck out 2, yielded a walk, and allowed just a lone hit, and for that he can shelve a JNMHSotG trophy - perhaps the first of his promising career.

Honorable Mentions are due to:  Phillip Ervin, who went 2 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored; Eugenio Suarez, who poked his 3rd double of the young Cactus League season and scored a run; Blake Trahan, who went 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI; Tyler Holt, who singled, stole a base, and scored the game-tying run in the Bottom of the 9th; and Keyvius Sampson, who K'd 3 in an impressive inning of relief.

Key Plays

  • Both teams were blanked through the 3rd, but the Cleveland Indians got on the board in the Top of the 4th thanks to a pair of errors by the Reds' defense.  Mike Napoli started things off with a 1-out single, and he scored on a double off the bat of Jesus Aguilar.  Aguilar took 3rd on the throw home (when catcher Ramon Cabrera misplayed it), and he scored two batters later when a liner off the bat of Robbie Grossman hit off the glove of Jose Peraza at 2B.  Reds trailed, 2-0.
  • Cincinnati got one back in the Bottom of the 4th, however, as Suarez smacked a 2-out double and scored a batter later when Brandon Allen singled him in.  Reds trailed, 2-1.
  • Baseball is a fickle game, and Cleveland proved that when Jose Ramirez honked a dinger just a half-inning later off Jumbo Diaz.  Reds trailed, 3-1.
  • Anthony Recker backed up Ramirez with a solo honker of his own, this time off new Red Caleb Cotham in the Top of the 7th.  That left the Reds, in search of the illustrious perfect season, down 4-1 entering the Bottom of the 7th, but fickle ol' baseball went fickle yet again.  Gavin LaValley led off with a double, and he scored two batters later after a productive out from Holt and a bloop single off Ervin's bat.  Trahan then followed with his double, and that pushed Ervin across to leave the Reds behind, 4-3.
  • Fast-forward to the Bottom of the 9th, where Holt and Ervin again were front and center on stage.  Holt led off with a single, stole 2B, and scored on Ervin's single and 2B Erik Gonzalez's throwing error.  Unfortunately, the Reds left the would-be winning run stranded on 3B after Trahan's single moved Ervin up, and that was that.  It's Spring Training, folks, so the game ended tied 4-4.
Tony Graphanino

Tony, Toni, Tone

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Other Notes
  • The Reds will travel nowhere to take on the Cleveland Indians tomorrow, with first pitch set for 3:05 PM ET.
  • The Indians will travel nowhere to take on the Cincinnati Reds tomorrow, with their first pitch set for 3:05 PM ET, too.
  • Jose Peraza is hitless through 2 games with an error to his name.  THE WHITE SOX TEBOWED THE REDS!
  • Tunes.