Votto solid but Reds lose spring opener to Indians, 5-1

Published 8:53 pm Sunday, February 28, 2021

Andres Gimenez, who along with fellow shortstop Amed Rosario came to Cleveland in the Francisco Lindor trade with the Mets, tripled in a run in his first at-bat with the Indians. He added a single and finished 2 for 2. Cal Quantrill, in the hunt for a rotation spot, pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk.
Kyle Farmer doubled and scored on Votto’s single for Cincinnati. Votto had two of the Reds’ four hits.
Prized prospects Julio Rodriguez and Jarred Kelenic combined to deliver the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning a week after disrespectful comments from CEO Kevin Mather regarding both players became public. Mather has since resigned. Rodriguez and Kelenic offered a look at Seattle’s future when Kelenic walked and scored on Rodriguez’s two-out single.
Marco Gonzales made his first spring start for Seattle, allowing two hits and an unearned run in two innings. Kyle Seager and Dylan Moore had RBI singles, while Evan White doubled in a pair. Mitch Haniger was in the lineup for Seattle for the first time since June 6, 2019, following a series of surgeries after he ruptured a testicle from a foul ball. Haniger singled in two trips, scoring a run.
Center fielder Trent Grisham, coming off his first Gold Glove last season, doubled and scored a run for San Diego. Manny Machado singled and walked, and Wil Myers hit a solo home run.
Arenado was hitless in two trips, striking out with two runners on in the first inning and flying out to center in the third. Flaherty surrendered three runs, four hits and three walks in an inning-plus of work.
Kyle Schwarber singled in two at-bats and scored a run in his first game with Washington. Erick Fedde, in line for the final spot in the starting rotation, loaded the bases in the first inning and gave up a run on a wild pitch to Arenado.
Baltimore’s Chris Davis was hitless in two trips with a strikeout. Davis, in the sixth year of his $161 million, seven-year deal, has changed his mechanics in an effort to resurrect his career after batting .115 in 16 games of an injury-plagued 2020 season. Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.’s son Ryan struck out in his only at-bat.
Kuhl allowed two hits but struck out the side in a one-inning start for Pittsburgh. Gregory Polanco had a two-run shot, and Ke’Bryan Hayes doubled in a run and scored. Kevin Newman had two singles and walked, scoring twice.
Rowdy Tellez had a two-run, ground-rule double, Cavan Biggio doubled in a run and Jonathan Davis and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. added RBI singles as Toronto scored runs in each of the first four innings of a game called after seven innings.
LeMahieu, who signed a six-year $90 million deal to stay with New York in the offseason, had a single in two trips. Gleyber Torres doubled.
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Max Kepler had a two-run single, Miguel Sano added a two-run double and Minnesota scored five runs in the second inning of a game called after seven.
Eovaldi started for Boston and was tagged for two runs on two hits and a walk while retiring four batters. Bobby Dalbec had a solo home run in two trips. Top prospect Jeter Downs had a two-run home run and RBI single, while Michael Chavis hit a solo shot.
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Austin Meadows and Mike Brosseau homered for the reigning AL champs, and Manuel Margot added an RBI double during a four-run second inning against Atlanta’s Kyle Wright. Wander Franco, MLB’s No. 1 prospect, was hitless in two trips after replacing Arozarena.
Wright, hoping to nail down the final spot in the Braves’ rotation, allowed three runs, four hits and a walk while retiring four batters. Dansby Swanson had an RBI single.
Nova allowed five runs, three hits and two walks while retiring just one batter. Willi Castro led off Detroit’s five-run first with a homer, and Jeimer Candelario doubled for one of his two hits.
Haseley’s homer was one of four hits for Philadelphia, including a double by Mickey Moniak.
Chisholm’s homer got Miami going, Garrett Cooper doubled in a run and Lewis Brinson hit a two-run shot as the Marlins scored four times in the first.
Myles Straw, expected to take over in center field after Houston mainstay George Springer signed with Toronto in the offseason, had a pair of singles from the leadoff spot in two trips.
Seager had an RBI single in two trips for the Dodgers, and newcomer Matt Davidson doubled in the go-ahead run.
Seth Brown singled in the only run for Oakland, which managed just two hits. Andrus walked and was caught stealing in his first game with the A’s.
Newcomer Jose Quintana pitched a scoreless inning, allowing one walk in his first start for Los Angeles. Another new Angel, Juan Lagares, singled and scored.
Posey walked and singled, scoring a run for San Francisco. Wilmer Flores had an RBI double.
Keston Hiura hit the first of Milwaukee’s four homers, a three-run shot in the first. Avisail Garcia added a solo homer and scored twice. Eric Lauer, in the hunt for a spot in the back of the rotation, gave up two runs in an inning of work.
Adam Engel hit a two-run homer for Chicago.
Austin Gomber, who came to Colorado in the Nolan Arenado trade with St. Louis, was sharp in his spring debut. The 27-year-old left-hander allowed one hit in two shutout innings. Garrett Hampson and Eric Stamets had RBI singles. Josh Fuentes, in a battle with C.J. Cron and Greg Bird for the starting job at first base, went 2 for 2, scoring a run.
Zac Gallen, slotted in the No. 2 spot behind Arizona ace Madison Bumgarner, pitched two scoreless innings, yielding two hits and two walks. Trayce Thompson hit a solo home run and David Peralta doubled in Ketel Marte.
Newcomer Ervin Santana, hoping to earn a spot in the Kansas City rotation, allowed two runs on a hit and a walk, pitching two innings. Former Royals closer Wade Davis, back with the team for the first time since 2016, allowed one hit in two scoreless innings. Salvador Perez had two hits, including a solo home run. Ryan O’Hearn added a solo shot.
Joey Gallo had a two-run home run for Texas, connecting off Santana in the first inning.

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