D-Backs topple Reds, 10-6
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt had three hits and two RBIs, and Jean Segura extended his torrid spring with three hits that helped the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-6 on Wednesday night.
Segura went 3 for 4 and raised his batting average to .583. He has hit safely in all seven games he’s played.
“It comes from good preparation and staying focused every game and I feel the results have been good,” Segura said in Spanish, adding that he is having fun again after coming to the Diamondbacks in a trade with Milwaukee. “I feel good and it’s a new opportunity for me.”
Socrates Brito added two hits and scored twice, and Welington Castillo hit his sixth and seventh doubles of the spring while driving in two.
Castillo and Brito have also been swinging well lately. Castillo is batting .429 and Brito .407. Brito has hits in eight of nine games.
Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin struck out six in four innings and allowed his first earned run in three starts this spring. Arizona’s 12 spring training wins lead the majors.
“Felt good to get my pitch count right up there to around 65 pitches and get up for the fifth inning,” Corbin said. “Everything feels good. Threw a bunch of changeups. That’s something that we’ve been working on.”
Brandon Phillips had two hits, and Reds prospect Brandon Dixon hit a three-run homer.
“He swung the bat real well and it’s good to see,” Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said of Phillips. “I know that he really looks forward to the season getting going, but he knows how much work he’s got to put in in the spring and it’s good to see him hit the ball on the screws again.”
A smoky haze settled over the diamond in the early innings at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the spring home of the Diamondbacks. Before it dissipated, Arizona scored seven runs.
“It didn’t hurt their hitters, put it that way,” Price said. “It didn’t make it any more pleasant to play the game.”
Reds: RHP Jon Moscot was scratched from his scheduled start with soreness in his left rib cage. … RHP Michael Lorenzen has a mild elbow strain and tendinitis, and will be further examined by a team doctor Thursday.
Diamondbacks: OF A.J. Pollock continues to be limited by elbow soreness and did not play.
Reds: With Moscot out, Tim Adleman made his first start after three games in relief. He hasn’t pitched above Double-A in his six-year career. Adleman got hit especially hard in the second inning, when the five batters he faced reached base, and left the game with seven runs allowed on nine hits.
“Everything he threw across the plate they seemed to be on it, and they laid off some early-count pitches and he got behind,” Price said. “When he made a mistake they hit it pretty good.”
Diamondbacks: Corbin also helped himself at the plate, ripping a ground-rule double to center field as the No. 8 batter in the order. He scored on Chris Owings’ double in the second inning.
On the mound, Corbin allowed a run and three hits while walking two.
“I feel like I threw my changeup as much as I threw my fastball,” Corbin said. “I’m right where I need to be. The only thing now is just to build up that pitch count until I can get to 90 pitches, 100 pitches.”
Reds pitcher Carlos Contreras, who had a 14.73 ERA in four appearances this spring, cleared waivers and was released. He had been reassigned to minor league camp earlier in the week.
Reds: RHP Robert Stephenson is scheduled to face Cleveland starter Danny Salazar on Thursday. It will be Stephenson’s third spring start.
Diamondbacks: RHP Archie Bradley is set to face the Chicago Cubs on Thursday in his second start and fourth appearance this spring. Jason Hammel is listed as the Cubs’ starter.