Volquez allows three runs in final spring tuneup

Volquez allows three runs in final spring tuneup

Volquez allows three runs in final spring tuneup
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Padres scored four runs in the seventh inning and defeated the Reds, 10-4, on Friday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark.

Reds Opening Day starter Edinson Volquez pitched five innings in his final spring tuneup. Volquez allowed three earned runs and nine hits, with four walks and three strikeouts.

The outing was quite pleasing for Volquez, who came in with an 11.57 ERA in two "A" game appearances, not including a rocky "B" game outing, after he missed time with visa issues.

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"I felt great," Volquez said. "Finally, I started feeling my rhythm the last inning. The ball was coming out good from my fingers. I wasn't trying too hard. I've got a good feeling now."

The game started rocky for Volquez in the top of the first, as the first five San Diego batters recorded hits. Brad Hawpe's RBI ground-rule double and Ryan Ludwick's RBI single made it a 2-0 game. Ludwick later added a solo homer off of Volquez in the top of the fifth.

Padres starter Casey Kelly, a top organizational prospect expected to start the season in Double-A, allowed three earned runs and four hits over four innings, with two walks and four strikeouts. Kelly, son of Reds Minor League manager Pat Kelly, gave up two runs in the third inning and one in the fourth.

Brandon Phillips' one-out RBI single in the third scored Chris Valaika, and Edgar Renteria drove in Phillips from second base with an RBI single. Back-to-back doubles by Jay Bruce and Jonny Gomes provided Cincinnati's run in the fourth. Gomes has a five-game hitting streak.

Former Reds player Chris Denorfia, expected to be San Diego's fourth outfielder, went 2-for-4 in the game.

A 3-3 tie was broken in the seventh against Reds reliever Logan Ondrusek, with Blake Tekotte's RBI single scoring the go-ahead run. A pair of Reds errors helped load the bases and created some havoc. Three runs scored on a bloop double that fell between second baseman Miguel Cairo and right fielder Jeremy Hermida near the foul line.

Up next for Reds: Sam LeCure, who will likely be the No. 5 starter because of an injury to Homer Bailey, will make the start on Saturday, when the Reds face the Giants at 6:10 p.m. ET. LeCure, who was going to start this game anyway, was vying for a bullpen spot before Bailey was injured. He will be lengthened out to get ready for an April 9 start. Following LeCure are Dontrelle Willis, Aroldis Chapman and Nick Masset.

Up next for Padres: Shortstop Jason Bartlett, who has had a sore right knee during Cactus League play, is expected to return to the lineup on Saturday when the Padres face the Dodgers at 1:05 p.m. PT ay the Peoria Sports Complex. Bartlett, who is hitting .242 in 33 at-bats this spring, has missed time on two occasions during Cactus League play because of the knee. Also, look for pitcher Dustin Moseley to get the start, filling in for Mat Latos, who was scheduled to pitch but developed a sore right shoulder after his last start.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.