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Hernandez, Hill lead Giants' bats to 14 runs

March 27, 2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Enjoying their second-biggest offensive output of the spring in their next-to-last Arizona exhibition, the San Francisco Giants benefited from a seven-run outburst in Monday's fourth inning and cruised to a 14-2 Cactus League triumph over the Cincinnati Reds.Aaron Hill, seeking a utility infielder's role for the Giants,

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Enjoying their second-biggest offensive output of the spring in their next-to-last Arizona exhibition, the San Francisco Giants benefited from a seven-run outburst in Monday's fourth inning and cruised to a 14-2 Cactus League triumph over the Cincinnati Reds.
Aaron Hill, seeking a utility infielder's role for the Giants, went 3-for-4 with a first-inning RBI single and a two-run, fifth-inning double.
Reserve outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, who entered the game batting .159, rapped three doubles. Jae-gyun Hwang hoisted a two-run, opposite-field homer to right field in the fifth inning to conclude San Francisco's scoring against Reds starter Cody Reed, who allowed 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Reed, who entered the day with a 3.24 ERA in his previous five spring games, is trying to earn a spot in the Reds' rotation.
"I got behind," Reed said. "That's a Major League lineup and they don't make mistakes that much. I made more mistakes than they did. They took advantage of me. That might be the worst I've ever been hit around, even from last year when I got banged up most of those 10 starts (0-7, 7.36 ERA)."
The Giants set a team record for runs scored, exceeding the 12 they tallied on March 12 against Arizona.
The Reds, whose lineup consisted mostly of candidates for reserve roles, avoided a shutout in the fifth inning when Sebastian Elizalde doubled and scored before Stuart Turner homered.
Otherwise, Giants starter Madison Bumgarner was mostly untouchable, yielding one hit through four innings.The Opening Day starter ultimately lasted seven innings, surrendering two runs and four hits, while striking out nine. The pair of Reds runs he yielded halted his streak of innings without allowing an earned run at 16.
"You look at what he's been doing, his body of work recently, it's what makes him so good," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He takes every outing seriously, so serious to the point where his preparation doesn't waver."
Reds Up Next: Opening Day starter Scott Feldman will get his final spring tune-up when the Reds host the Dodgers at 4:05 p.m. ET Tuesday (Gameday audio) at Goodyear Ballpark. Michael Lorenzen is slated to follow from the bullpen.
Giants Up Next: San Francisco concludes the Cactus League portion of the spring schedule with a 1:05 p.m. PT (MLB.TV) encounter against the World Series champion Chicago Cubs. Player Page for Matt Cain, seeking the Giants' No. 5 starter's spot, will oppose Cubs righty Jacob Arrieta.
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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007.