Shogo Akiyama is leading off and playing left field in Thursday's Game 2 of the Wild Card Round versus the Braves.
Nick Senzel hit first against the lefty Max Fried on Wednesday. Now it's Akiyama's turn opposite right-hander Ian Anderson. The Reds failed to score a run in 13 innings in Game 1. Manager David Bell is hoping that Akiyama can set the table in this do-or-die Game 2.