Big comeback: The Reds showed the power potential of their offense in their first game against outside competition since March. They overcame a 5-0 deficit with five home runs and beat the Detroit Tigers 9-7 on Tuesday in the first of two exhibition games.
Freddy Galvis hit a two-run home run in the second to cut the deficit to 5-2. Tucker Barnhart hit a solo home run in the third. Shogo Akiyama hit a game-tying three-run home run to center field in the fifth.
Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run home run into the second deck in left field in the eighth inning, giving the Reds an 8-6 lead. In the same inning, Jesse Winker hit a solo home run to left.
Starter struggles: Nick Lodolo, the franchise’s first-round pick in 2019, started the game and allowed five runs in 1 1/3 innings. Despite the short outing, Bell said it was a great night for Lodolo to get the experience of pitching in Cincinnati. Lodolo made eight appearances last season, splitting time between Billings at the rookie level and the Single-A Dayton Dragons.
“The second inning didn’t go as I know he would have like it to,” Bell said, “but it happens to the best of them. He’s going to pitch for a long time, and it’s going to happen to him again. The big thing is he’s going to have a ton of success in his career, and we’re really glad to have him around. He’s just a great young man with a ton of talent, and he’s going to be a big part of our this team for a long time.”