The game was an offensive show, with a combined 21 runs and 27 hits, which isn’t uncommon early in the Spring. For the Reds, who started their expected opening day lineup, things started well.
Newly acquired lead-off hitter Shin-Soo Choo began things with a walk. I hope to see a lot of getting on base from him. The Reds went on to score 5 runs that inning. Joey Votto went 2-3, driving in and scoring one. Miguel Olivo and Devin Mesoraco both hit home runs.
The pitching wasn’t nearly as sharp, though. Tony Cingrani started and struggled. He pitched one inning and allowed 3 runs. With the exception of Clay Hensley, who allowed no runs in his 2 1/3 innings, the relievers weren’t any better.
The game ended on a walk-off, three-run double given up by Carlos Contreras.
The Reds and the Indians play again today at 3:05 p.m. The Reds will start Alfredo Simon, while the Indians will send out Brett Myers.