GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto made his spring debut and allowed one hit and struck out two in two scoreless innings on Thursday.
But reliever Burke Badenhop got hit hard in his Reds debut, giving up five runs while retiring only two batters and the Cleveland Indians pulled away to a 9-3 victory.
Badenhop allowed Jose Ramirez’s two-run single and Yan Gomez’s two-run homer during Cleveland’s five-run fifth inning. The reliever gave up five hits and walked a batter.
The Reds signed Badenhop to a one-year, $2.5 million deal last month, trying to improve one of the NL’s worst bullpens last season.
Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer allowed a run and three hits over three innings, his first of the spring.