Stephenson makes spring debut in Reds tie with Tribe

Stephenson makes spring debut in Reds tie with Tribe

. - Number one pitching prospect Robert Stephenson pitched two scoreless innings in the Reds' 4-4 tie with the Indians in the second game of Cactus League play on Wednesday.

Stephenson, a first round draft pick by the Reds in 2011, struck out two batters, allowed one hit, one walk and gave up zero earned runs over two innings in his first start of spring training.

Cody Reed, the Reds' second best pitching prospect, followed Stephenson with two innings of work. Reed gave up one earned run, two hits and struck out two batters.

Billy Hamilton, coming off his shoulder injury, went hitless in two at-bats in the lead-off spot as the designated hitter in his spring debut. Third baseman Eugenio Suarez went 1-for-2 with a double. Blake Trahan, Phillip Ervin and Brandon Allen each drove in a run.

Former first round pick Alex Blandino had a chance to drive in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on third, but both managers decided to call the game at 4-4 when Blandino flew out to center to end the ninth.

Anthony DeSclafani, expected to start for the Reds on Opening Day, gets the start on Thursday against the Indians at 3:05 EST.

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