PHOENIX — Jason Bourgeois had a double and a home run and drove in two runs as the Cincinnati Reds split squad beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-2 on Thursday.
Michael Lorenzen pitched four scoreless innings after three Reds pitchers threw an inning each to begin the game. Juan Duran added a two-run homer for Cincinnati, who had 14 hits.
Ryan Braun had an RBI double in the first and Hunter Morris added a solo homer in the eighth, his first of the spring.
Kyle Lohse tuned up for his start against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, allowing five hits and two runs in five innings for the Brewers.
“Hunter needed that, and we needed to see that from him,” Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said of Morris, who had three hits in 18 at-bats in the spring. “
Kyle Lohse tuned up for his start against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, allowing five hits and two runs in five innings.
Cincinnati handled the pitching by committee Thursday, with five of the six pitchers tossing 1 1/3 innings or less. Lorenzen was the lone exceptions and despite a lot of wildness — he allowed three hits and walked five batters including four of the first seven he faced — he escaped without allowing a run in four innings.
Reds (ss) 9, Diamondbacks (ss) 1
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Tony Cingrani pitched seven solid innings, Billy Hamilton hit two triples and the Cincinnati Reds topped the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday in a split-squad game.
Cingrani found out earlier that he will start the second game of the season against St. Louis on April 2. It’s his first time on an opening-day roster.
The 24-year old left-hander allowed one run and five hits, including a homer by Nick Evans. Cingrani walked one but picked off two runners.
Hamilton also singled. The speedster is expected to be in the opening day lineup, leading off in center field.
Hamilton almost hit his second homer of the spring. His drive bounced high off the wall and got past right fielder Jordan Parraz, and Hamilton took a wide turn at third but held.
Randall Delgado, hoping for a place in the Diamondbacks’ rotation, pitched four innings and gave up two runs and seven hits.