Indians 4, Reds 2
Placed in the two hole in his first Spring Training appearance, top prospect Francisco Lindor singled up the middle with one out in the first inning.
In the top of the second, Lindor continued to impress with a leaping play on a line drive. He made this play look easy, showcasing the instincts in the field that scouts rave about.
In Lindor’s second at bat, he hit another single, this time going to left field. Lindor will start the season in Triple-A, but it’s clear that the majors could be within his reach at some point this year and it’s a blast to see him facing big league competition.
Carlos Moncreif hit a solid double in the second inning, the first of four hits on the day for the 26-year-old outfielder and former pitcher.
James Ramsey, acquired from the Cardinals last year in exchange for Justin Masterson, made a diving catch in the sixth to overcome a circuitous route on a line drive hit straight at him. Ramsey is unlikely to stick in center, so this won’t be an angle he’ll have to deal with much when he reaches the majors.
Destin Hood made another nice catch, this time sliding for a soft fliner hit by Felix Perez.
After the Tribe loaded the bases in the eighth, Ryan Rohlinger gave them the lead with a single that just managed to sneak through the left side of the Reds’ defense. The Tribe scored another run on a wild pitch, giving them a 4-2 lead that held up for the rest of the game.