Indians/Reds open spring with 3-3 tie
BY TIM SHIRER
It was only an exhibition game between the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Stadium today in Goodyear, Arizona, but it was the first baseball of the year and that’s what matters. The final score of the game was a tie 3-3 in nine innings, but there was baseball being played.
After going down 1-2-3 in the first inning, Tyler Naquin led off the second and on a 1-0 pitch off Brandon Finnegan and put the Indians on the board with their first run of the spring with a home run down the right field line. The inning continued to go in the Indians favor when Roberto Perez singled after Finnegan retired Matt Joyce. Tribe shortstop Ryan “Flash” Flaherty then doubled to center field and Perez came all the way around to score the Indians second run, extending the lead to 2-0.
In the fourth inning the Reds tied the game after Tucker Barnhart doubled off Asher Wojciechowski, Matt Kemp belted his first home run of the spring.
The Reds took the lead in the Fifth when Wojciechowski allowed a double to Jose Siri, Siri scored on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Farmer giving the Reds the lead 3-2.
The Tribe tied the game in the sixth inning when Ian Krol issued a base on balls to Daniel Johnson. After Trayce Thomson pinch hit and lined out, Johnson stole second base with Mike Papi at the plate. Papi then singled to right field, moving Johnson to third base. Eric Haase then hit a sacrifice fly to left field and Johnson scored the Tribe’s third run tying the score 3-3 which ended up being the final score.
Other Notes: Jose Ramirez went 0-3: Jake Bauers 0-2 with a BB; Greg Allen 1-3; Adam Plutko 2 IP, 0 R, 1 K, 0 BB; Adam Cimber 1 IP, 0 R, 0 k, 0 BB.
The Indians will be back in action on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. (EST) when they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Goodyear Ballpark..
POSTED 02/23/2019 22:50