Reds break out the bats

Not that anyone out here gets caught up in Spring Training stats, Wednesday’s game between the Reds and Canada was just one-off exhibition separate from the Cactus League. Too bad for the Reds in a way, because their offense was humming big time during a 12-2 win. The score was 10-2 after only two innings.

Here’s some lowdown:

*Most of the damage came in the bottom of the second inning as nine men came to the plate. The big hit came with two outs when Ryan Ludwick crushed a three-run homer to left field as the first batter against a Double-A level pitcher in reliever Trystan Magnuson from the Blue Jays organization. Against Magnuson in the third, Miguel Olivo also sent a three-run homer to left field.

*Cincinnati racked up 18 hits overall, Ludwick was 2-for-3 while Todd Frazier was 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Frazier lined a hard single into center field in the second inning and singled to left field in the third.

“Today, it seemed like everybody was getting that first strike and doing something with it,” Frazier said. “For me, that’s basically what I was trying to do – find a groove. It’s Spring Training. You want to get your hits but at the same time, feel comfortable at the plate. Like Dusty says, when you get that first pitch fastball, let’s go and do some damage. That’s what we did. We swung a lot and hit the ball real hard, which was pretty exciting to see.”

*Shin-Soo Choo was 3-for-3 with three singles and two runs scored.

*Mat Latos started and had a line of 3 ip, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. It was the one walk that hurt him in the top of the second. After he walked Michael Saunders, Latos threw a 2-0 pitch that was launched for a two-run homer by Adam Loewen.

*Sam LeCure had the best night among the relievers. In two perfect innings, LeCure struck out four batters.

*Reds pitchers tallied a total of 14 strikeouts in the game, while allowing four hits and four walks.

“Not a good night,” Team Canada manager Ernie Whitt said. “Hopefully we got it all out of the way tonight and will be ready to go on Friday. We made some mistakes defensively. We didn’t swing the bats real well. We had four hits. Mind you, they had some pretty good arms throwing out there against us. But it was not a pretty game.

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