By Zane Miller
The Reds hold a 3-6-2 record in the Cactus League spring training so far, after the team defeated the Chicago White Sox 11-4 on Wednesday afternoon, before losing to the Milwaukee Brewers 10-8 on Thursday afternoon, the San Francisco Giants 5-3 on Friday noon and the Los Angeles Angels 11-2 on Saturday afternoon. However, the team was able to turn things around on Sunday afternoon with an 11-5 victory over the Brewers, before slumping back on their split squad day with a 9-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs and a 3-3 tie against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In Wednesday’s 11-4 win over the White Sox, new Reds pitcher Tanner Roark went the longest out of the pitchers used with a one and a third inning outing, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk, enough to earn the win. Another new Reds acquisition, second baseman Derek Dietrich, led the offense with three RBIs. In the Saturday afternoon victory against the Brewers, Dietrich again had a strong performance with four RBIs, while Reds pitching prospect Vladimir Gutierrez went two innings without allowing any earned runs, hits or walks.
The Reds will next play on Wednesday night against the San Diego Padres, followed by a Thursday night game against the Seattle Mariners. Friday afternoon will see the team face the Kansas City Royals, before a Saturday night contest against the Padres and a Sunday afternoon contest against the Diamondbacks. On Monday afternoon, the team will face their stadium-mate Cleveland Indians, before having split squad games on Tuesday night against the Padres and Cubs.
Zane Miller is the Reds beat writer for The Dugout. He also works as a sportswriter for the BG News, Sentinel-Tribune, and previously covered the Reds for The Pinch Runner.