Reds erupt early, often in blowout of Padres
Eleven players notch RBIs; Cincinnati holds San Diego hitless into sixth
PEORIA, Ariz. -- A day after storms soaked the Cactus League, the Reds' bats provided some thunder of their own Sunday afternoon as Cincinnati tallied 20 hits and routed the Padres, 15-4, before a crowd of 3,311 at the Peoria Sports Complex.
Although the final score showed an offensive outburst, both starters pitched well in their spring debuts.
For the Padres, right-hander Tyson Ross faced the minimum in his two innings, walking one but eventually erasing him on a double play.
Reds righty Brett Marshall, who started on short notice after Mike Leake was scratched, also tossed two hitless frames, walking a pair and striking out one. Cincinnati claimed Marshall off waivers last month from the Cubs.
Following each starter's clean outing, the Reds got the scoring started in the third when Roger Bernadina, Billy Hamilton and Jay Bruce all delivered RBI hits off Padres bullpen candidate Burch Smith to take a 3-0 lead.
The Reds continued their assault an inning later by putting up another three-spot, this time courtesy of a Zack Cozart RBI single followed by a two-run triple by Brandon Phillips. That hit marked the end of Smith's rough spring debut as he surrended six earned runs on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Already comfortably ahead, the Reds reached double-digits in the fifth, plating four runs (one earned) off Padres right-hander Anthony Carter. New Reds utility man Skip Schumaker highlighted the rally with a two-out, two-run single to center.
"It was a terrific, terrific game," Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. "We hit the ball well, had some good defense, especially early with Brandon and [Todd] Frazier. We hit a lot of balls hard and ran the bases well. We were really aggressive."
No-hit through five innings, the Padres got on the board in the sixth, pushing across four runs on four hits off Reds reliever Daniel Corcino, including a two-run single from veteran outfielder Seth Smith, whom the club acquired from Oakland this offseason in exchange for reliever Luke Gregerson.
Up next: Closer Aroldis Chapman struck out the side during his spring debut and is expected to throw two innings on Monday when the Reds host the Mariners at 3:05 p.m. ET on Gameday Audio. Alfredo Simon, who threw two scoreless innings in his first start on Wednesday against Cleveland, will return to start vs. Seattle.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.