PADRES LOSE SPRING TRAINING NAIL-BITER TO REDS

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Story by Liz Alper

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March 15, 2017 (Goodyear, Ariz.) - The extended spring training continued for the Padres with a visit to the Cincinnati Reds’ spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona.

Today was a little different for the Padres.  Hunter Renfroe started San Diego off on the right foot with a two-run homer in the first to give the Pads a 2-0 lead.  

But in the Reds’ half of the first, Joey Votto narrowed the lead to one rune with a single in the bottom of the first to score Billy Hamilton and the score was 2-1.

Cory Spangenberg singled in the top of the third to score Allen Cordoba and the Padres led 3-1.

But as usual, paradise is fleeting.  In the fourth, Zack Cozart tied the game at three with a two-run homer.  Hamilton singled to score Stuart Turner for the go-ahead run for the Reds, who now led 4-3.

But the Padres successfully tied the game at four on Hector Sanchez’s solo homer in the sixth.

But of course, that was useless as in the Reds’ half of the sixth, Arismendy Alcantara hit a sac fly to score Jose Peraza and Cincinnati led 5-4.

By the eighth inning, Edwin Moreno had had enough of the leap frog game.  He blasted a three-run homer to give the Padres a 7-5 lead.

But of course, the Reds came back.  Sebastian Elizalde scored in Cincy’s half of the eighth to tie the game at seven.  Christian Walker tripled and scored Alcantara and the Reds got the go-ahead run that would win them the ballgame with a score of 8-7.

The Pads head back to Peoria tomorrow for a 1:10 p.m. game against the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals.  You can watch the game on FSSD.