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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Reds Rally By Shock Troops Secure Win

The Reds shock troops did it again.  They pulled out a Cactus League game in come from behind fashion, 8-7 with a three-run eighth inning that canceled the Padres own three-run eighth.

The Reds led 5-4 heading into the eighth.

A two-run home run by Zack Cozart complimented a run scored using Billy ball.

Billy Hamilton lined the first of his three hits to centerfield against Padres starter Clayton Richard.  Without a stolen base through the first 20 Cactus League games, Hamilton took off on Richard’s first move.  Richard went to first with the throw and Hamilton beat firstbaseman Jamie Romak’s throw easily.  Joey Votto singled to drive Hamilton home.

The run cut a 2-1 lead by San Diego in half.  Cory Spangenberg doubled off Reds’ starter Cody Reed.  Hunter Renfroe hit a Reed change up onto the berm in leftfield.

“The home run was a change up down. Here I am working on it again,” Reed said. “Even Mes (Mesoraco)  comes up and says, you have to throw it if you want to pitch all year, this year. That
s what a did. He took advantage. I threw my slider for strikes and got a lot of swings and misses. I was upset with myself giving up the double in the fourth. I missed my spot. If I get him out I could have finished the inning.”

Mesoraco was making his second Cactus League start, batting leadoff to get an extra at bat. He was 0-2 but caught two innings.

‘I feel fine,” Mesoraco said after he left the game after catching three innings of Reed’s 3 1/3 inning effort.

Allen Cordoba walked leading off the third inning off Reed.  Mesoraco threw wild to first on a pick off attempt. Cordoba went to third when Travis Jankowski grounded to Votto with Reed covering.  Reed was on the verge of escaping but Spangenberg hit a slow roller the Votto tried to flip with his glove in one motion.  Spangenberg was safe and the run scored. 

Reed pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs two earned on four hits, including a two-run home run by Hunter Renfroe and one walk.  He struck out six.

“It wasn’t bad,” Bryan Price said. “He was around the plate.  He gave up the double and two-run homer with two outs. Try to look at the body of work. He threw some very, very good sliders today. He threw some fastballs inside to the right-hand hitters and a couple of good change ups. There are a couple of pitches he’d like to take back in that first inning but overall it was good.”

Scott Schebler singled and Cozart homered off Richard in the fourth.  Turner tripled off old friend Carlos Fisher later in the fourth.  Hamiliton’s third hit brought Turner home.

Blake Wood pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Tony Cingrani pitched a scorless inning.

Hector Sanchez hit a home run off Drew Storen, who had two scoreless outings entering the sixth.
The Reds took the lead in the bottom of the sixth.

Christian Bethancourt, listed as a catcher but is being given a chance to pitch for the Padres,

Jose Peraza and Turner singled.  Bethancourt threw a pitch in the dirt that allowed runners to move up.  Arismendy Alcantara’s sacrifice fly scored Peraza but the throw behind Turner got the Padres out of the inning.

Michael Lorenzen couldn’t hold the lead.

Rafael Ortega and Tony Cruz singled to open the inning. Edwin Moreno hit a three-run home run.

But cue the shock troops.

Zach Vincej homered off Jose Torres.

Sebastian Elezalde fresh from Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic walked against Kevin Quackenbush.  Turner drew a walk one out later. Alcantara hit into a force play but shortstop Cordoba allowed Elizalde to score and Alcantara to reach secondbase.  Christian Walker’s triple gave the Reds the lead back.

Lorenzen held this lead thanks to two nice defensive plays by thirdbaseman Tony Renda who ended the game with a barehanded scoop and throw of Cruz’ slow roller to end the game.

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