It’s a tie!
The Cincinnati Reds started the 2012 baseball season in an inauspicious way, tying the Cleveland Indians 6-6 in a regulation 9-inning game Saturday.
Mike Leake started for the Reds, and allowed 2 runs–1 earned–in his two innings of work. Ron Mahay took over for the 3rd inning and allowed 2 more, putting the Reds down 4-0 early. But after that, what is most certainly a very improved bullpen from 2011, held the Indians scoreless and gave the offense time to come back.
The Reds tied it in the 4th, scoring 4 runs. Joey Votto lead things off with a double. Jay Bruce drove him in with a double. A few hits later, Drew Stubbs tied the game with another double. Upcoming first-baseman Neftali Soto (Yonder Alonso who?) gave the team the lead with a solo shot in the 5th.
Cincinnati was leading until the excellent bullpen work failed in the 9th. Someone who won’t be on the major league roster with the name of Kanekoa Texeira blew it. But thanks to Todd Frazier‘s solo shot in the bottom of the 9th, the game ended in a very Spring Training like tie.
The Reds play the Indians again Sunday at 3:05pm.