GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Brennan Boesch hit his third home run of the spring, connecting against Sergio Romo in the Cincinnati Reds’ 10-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday.
Boesch, who signed with the Reds after playing in the minor leagues last season, is trying to win the job of fourth outfielder in Cincinnati.
“We hit four home runs but there were a lot of extra-base hits, which was excellent to see,” manager Bryan Price said. “Suarez, Joey Votto smoked that 3-2 pitch down the left field line. Pena had a nice at-bat and hit the ball hard. Schumaker hit the ball twice, including that homer. It’s just strange, especially coming off the last couple of games. Today we were feeling it and performed offensively.”
Romo, who re-signed with the Giants after testing free agency, made his first appearance of the spring after he recovered from a sore shoulder
Romo threw just 11 pitches but was glad to be back on the mound.
“It was good to get some adrenaline pumping,” Romo said. “I felt good but I’d like my sinker to sink. He (Boesch) hit that a long way.”
Rasiel Iglesias and Paul Maholm, who are in the mix for two openings in the Reds’ rotation, started.
Iglesias pitched 2 2/3 hitless innings. Maholm gave up a two-run home run to Joaquin Arias.
“I thought Iglesias had really good stuff,” Price said. “He was on or around the plate a good bit and that was good to see. Maholm was outstanding as well. He made some really good pitches. He made the mistake to Arias for the homer but beyond that I think that’s the only mistake he made the entire time he was out there.”
Jay Bruce and Skip Schumaker went deep against Kyle Crick with two-run homers. Former Giantprospect Chris Dominguez homered off Adalbeto Mejia.
Giants: Tim Lincecum was removed from his last start on March 11 against Milwaukee with a stiff neck. L:incecum would have started against the Reds on Monday but was skipped. He is expected to return on the 21st.
Reds: Devin Mesoraco made his first start since sustaining a concussion on March 7. Price put him in the lineup as a designated hitter on Monday to make up some at-bats. ... Brayan Pena took a foul ball off his leg. It should not keep him out of action.
Giants: LHP Maddison Bumgarner, LHP Braulio Lara, LHP Jeremy Affeldt and RHP Santiago Casillia are pitching on Tuesday against RHP Josh Collmenter of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Reds: RHP Mike Leake will start against Corey Kluber of the Indians on Tuesday. LHP Aroldis Chapman, RHP Burke Badenhop and LHP Tony Cingrani will also pitch against Cleveland
Giants: Chris Stratton substituted for Lincecum for the Giants. He will probably end up in Triple-A but Giants manager Bruce Bochy was able to get an extra look at him.
“Stratton was good,” Bochy said. “A popup dropped in on him so he had buzzard’s luck but he threw the ball real well.”
Stratton allowed two runs, one earned, in two innings. One run scored when center fielder Justin Maxwell lost Marlon Byrd’s pop up in the sun.
Reds: Iglesias was told Monday morning that he was going to start instead of Cingrani, who will now work out of the bullpen. Maholm followed Iglesias and both are in the mix to win one of two permanent and a temporary starting job in the Reds’ rotation.
“I feel really happy the coaching staff believes in me and gave me the opportunity to start,” said Iglesias through a translator. “I have worked very hard to get to this point. I was actually able to throw all four of my pitches more today. I felt comfortable with Brayan Pena catching.”
Iglesias threw 45 pitches in 2 2/3 hitless innings.