It's not everyday a team gets a great pitching performance as well as excellent run support but that's exactly what the Cincinnati Reds got in both split-squad wins today against the Milwaukee Brewers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Cincinnati Reds 9 – Arizona Diamondbacks 1
Reds starter Tony Cingrani went seven strong innings giving up just one earned run on five hits while striking out six and Billy Hamilton went 3-for-4 including two triples and an RBI in Cincinnati's 9-1 trouncing of the Diamondbacks.
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In what some may hope is a precursor to what Billy Hamilton will do this season, he led off the bottom half of the first with one of his two triples on the day. The next batter, Brandon Phillips, grounded out to score Hamilton and get the Reds on the board first.
It didn't take long for Hamilton to strike again. In the second, with Zack Cozart on second base, Hamilton singled to score Cozart and push the lead to 2-0.
Arizona's only run came in the fourth inning when Nick Evans launched a solo home run to left field.
Following two more scoreless innings, Cincinnati stretched the lead to eight after the four-run seventh, and three-run eighth inning. Mike Constanzo's two-run shot and RBI hits from Felix Perez and Ray Chang concluded the scoring in the seventh. Change added another RBI in the eighth along with a two-run single from Mike Wilson to make it 9-1 in favor of Cincinnati.
Chien-Ming Wang and Lee Hyde both pitched scoreless innings in relief to secure Cingrani's third win of the Spring.
Cincinnati Reds 8 – Milwaukee Brewers 2
The Cincinnati offense collected 14 hits to back six Reds pitchers including Michael Lorenzen as he went four innings of scoreless baseball allowing just three hits while striking out two.
After Ryan Braun's RBI double in the first, the Brewers failed to score until the eighth inning. The Reds took advantage scoring seven runs in that span.
In the third, Jason Bourgeois singled home Steve Selsky and followed that up with a solo home run in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. Juan Silverio and Yorman Rodriguez had run scoring hits in the sixth which was followed by a Juan Duran home run and an error which allowed another run to score and the lead had been pushed to 7-1.
The Reds and Brewers traded additional runs to move the score to 8-2, which ended up being the final.
With just four days until Opening Day, the Reds will have two exhibition games. They will face off against the Louisville Bats tomorrow followed by the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on Saturday before a day off on Sunday.
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