Posted March 2nd, 2014 @ 9:35pm
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips flashed his All-Star form at the plate and in the field Sunday as the Reds beat a split squad of San Diego Padres 15-4.
Hitless in his first two spring training games, Phillips had a two-run triple that scored Zack Cozart and Billy Hamilton in the fourth inning.
A half-inning earlier, Phillips turned in a nifty defensive play. Running up the middle, he stabbed at Chris Denorfia's grounder and in one motion, jumped, turned and threw to first base for the out.
"Had some really good defense, especially early with Brandon and (third baseman) Todd Frazier," Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. "Some nice plays there."
Jay Bruce went 2 for 2 with a triple. Cozart had two hits, scored three times and stole a base, and Donald Lutz homered in the ninth.
Reds starter Brett Marshall threw two scoreless innings. The Padres didn't get a hit until the sixth inning.
"Nice to see Jay swing the bat so well," Price said. "A lot of well hit balls today. It was just good to see."