Dominguez slugs go-ahead double; DeSclafani hurt by defense
By Chris Haft and Mark Sheldon
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Former Giants farmhand Chris Dominguez slugged a two-run double to highlight the Reds' five-run ninth inning that pushed them past San Francisco, 6-5, on Friday night.
Cincinnati's defensive lapses had helped the Giants break a 1-1 tie after Joe Panik's two-out single prolonged the fifth. After catcher Devin Mesoraco's passed ball advanced runners to second and third, shortstop Zack Cozart mishandled Buster Posey's line drive for a run-scoring error.
Giants second baseman Matt Duffy's throwing error in the ninth opened the door for the Reds, who scored four runs (three earned) off Hunter Strickland, including Ivan De Jesus Jr.'s two-run single. Duffy trimmed the deficit to a run with an RBI single off Timothy Adleman in the bottom of the inning.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Votto finds fences: In the top of the first inning, Joey Votto connected for his first home run of the spring. Sometimes maligned for his deliberate approach, Votto jumped all over a first-pitch offering from Giants starter Tim Hudson and hit a no-doubt shot over the bullpen in right field. Hudson went on to retire the next 10 Reds in a row, and Votto struck out in his next two at-bats.
Sharp glove, bat for Ishikawa:Travis Ishikawa, among the horde of left-field candidates for the Giants, started in that spot and helped himself in more ways than one. Ishikawa made a nice running catch at the warning track of Jay Bruce's second-inning drive, then drove in Posey with a two-out single to tie the score in the fourth. Another left-field contender, Juan Perez, drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh.
Hudson reaches fourth: Hudson turned in his longest and best outing of the spring, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out four in 3 2/3 innings. Hudson's lone lapse was Votto's homer.
Wild night:Michael Lorenzen, who had been stellar while trying to earn a Reds bullpen spot as a non-roster invitee, had command problems. Lorenzen allowed his first run of the spring after issuing four straight one-out walks in the bottom of the seventh. Before Friday, the Reds' No. 4 prospect had six scoreless innings over three outings.
"I was kind of fighting myself, kind of from the very beginning, mechanically. I didn't feel too crisp out there with my secondary stuff, to be honest. I didn't feel comfortable. Usually mechanically, I feel more comfortable. I felt like my slider was a little off today and I was kind of throwing some changeups up there a little bit." -- right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, who allowed three runs (one earned) in 4 2/3 innings, his longest Cactus League outing
WHAT'S NEXT Raisel Iglesias appears to be a strong candidate to make the Reds rotation, especially after his 2 2/3 scoreless innings in his first start of spring vs. the Giants on Monday. Iglesias will start again Saturday in his fifth outing overall when Cincinnati travels to Mesa to face the A's at 4:05 p.m. ET. Bullpen candidate Paul Maholm will also see action, as will closer Aroldis Chapman.
All eyes will be on Tim Lincecum on Saturday, when he's scheduled to make his first appearance since March 11 against the Brewers as the Giants visit the Angels in Tempe at 1:10 p.m. PT. Neck soreness limited Lincecum to one inning in that Brewers game and forced him to miss his start against the Reds on Monday. Having pitched four innings in three outings, Lincecum must build arm strength to be adequately ready for the start of the regular season.