Reds thump Padres, 15-4

It was a pretty good day, all around, for the Reds during a 15-4 win over a split-squad Padres club. Game story to come on

*The Reds pitching staff carried a combined no-hitter for 5 2/3 innings. It was broken up in the sixth on Chris Denorfia’s two-out single through the right side against Daniel Corcino. The inning eroded quickly on Corcino, who had six-straight batters reach safely, including four hits, for four earned runs.

*Billy Hamilton continues to battle into deeper counts in the beginning of games. Leading off the top of the first, Hamilton hung in there for a nine-pitch at-bat. This time he didn’t reach base as he groundout to first base. Hamilton later doubled and scored in the third inning.

*Zack Cozart, who did not attempt a stolen base last season, swiped second base in the third inning as part of the running Reds initiative. It set it up for Roger Bernadina, who hit a RBI double into right field to get Cozart in for the game’s first run.

*In the bottom of the third, 2B Brandon Phillips made a nifty play. Phillips ran to his right on Denorfia’s grounder up the middle and made a leaping one-hop throw across his body. Joey Votto nicely scooped it to complete the inning’s third out.

*Donald Lutz hit his first home run of the spring with a shot to left-center field in the top of the ninth.

*Filling in for Mike Leake, Brett Marshall pitched two hitless innings with two walks and one strikeout. Marshall also picked up a double play.

*Overall, manager Bryan Price was pleased with the effort.

“It was nice to see Jay [Bruce] swinging the bat so well. [Neftali] Soto had a nice day and Lutzy. A lot of well-hit balls today. It was just good to see. We had a nice approach, moved some runners. We advanced some runners. Some good situational hitting, selfless approach. It was good to see. It was also nice to see Brett Marshall come in there and throw the ball well and [Tim] Crabbe did a nice job as well.

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