The Reds (1-0), who were the visitors for today's matchup, started off well in their first at bat, but squandered a huge opportunity. Billy Hamilton did exactly what new skipper Bryan Price would like as he led off with a walk, stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error. Brandon Phillips followed with a walk of his own, but was caught stealing after Joey Votto struck out. Jay Bruce flew out to end the threat.
Price opted to go with an all bullpen approach when selecting his pitchers for Wednesday's contest starting with Alfredo Simon. Simon responded by facing the minimum of six hitters over two scoreless innings.
Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier were each retired before Zack Cozart notched the first hit of the ball game in the second inning. Cincinnati was unable to do any damage as former Red Aaron Harang got Devin Mesoraco to fly out.
T.J. House was welcomed into the game by one of the new faces in the Reds dugout, Brayan Pena, who singled to start the third inning. After ground outs by Hamilton and Phillips, Votto laced an RBI single to put the Reds on the board. Cincinnati didn't stop there as Ludwick followed a Bruce walk with and RBI single of his own to make it 2-0. Frazier ended the inning with a strikeout.
Chad Rogers came on in relief of Simon and continued the trend as he also kept the Indians (0-1) scoreless, facing seven hitters over two innings. Cincinnati would be kept off the board the next two innings by House and Nick Hagadone.
Tim Crabbe (1-0) was unable to kept the Tribe out of the hit column as Ryan Raburn doubled over the head of Donald Lutz to start the fifth. Tony Wolters followed with an RBI single to put Cleveland in the scoring column. Crabbe walked the bases loaded and traded a run for two outs as Ramon Santiago and Kristopher Negron were able to turn the 6-4-3 double play.
The Reds subs got to see their first action at the plate in the sixth and Skip Schumaker delivered with a leadoff single. Chris Heisey followed with a fly out and then Roger Bernadina singled and Santiago walked to load the bases. Tucker Barnhart picked up an RBI with a walk and then Lutz added another on a ground out.
Curtis Partch allowed a Cleveland run in the bottom of the sixth, but Heisey got two back in the seventh with a blast to center field to make it 6-3. Lee Hyde kept the Indians off the board in the bottom of the seventh to snap the Indians scoring streak.
Cincinnati ended its scoring in the eighth with two more runs. Lutz tripled home Santiago and then came in to score on a sac fly by Chris Nelson. Pedro Beato and Trevor Bell each worked scoreless innings to finish off the 8-3 win.
The two teams go back at it again on Thursday with the Reds playing the role of the home team.