Heisey belts 2 HRs
Saturday, March 08, 2014 4:00 AM
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Chris Heisey is confident in knowing he doesn't have to put a lot of pressure on himself to make the Cincinnati Reds' major league roster out of spring training. A seasoned veteran and valuable fourth outfielder, he can focus on more specialized parts of his game.
Heisey looked to be dialed in on Friday, hitting two homers as a split squad of Reds beat the Seattle Mariners 10-9. Brandon Phillips also homered.
Heisey hit his second and third homers of spring training and drove in four runs.
"I was able to take advantage of two mistakes today and that's really the name of the game when you're up there," Heisey said.
"Going into my fifth year, I don't have to come in here and really prove that I can hit. It's more just about trying to work on my timing," he said. "That's nice, to be able to just kind of relax and do your thing, because I've been in this spot where you're desperately trying to make a club and it's easy to press and try too hard."
Phillips hit his first homer and drove in three runs while scoring three times.
"Right now I'm just trying to see as many pitches as possible and try to go up there and have quality ABs and try to hit the ball hard every at-bat," he said.
Billy Hamilton stole two bases, giving him four in Cactus League play for the Reds.
Reds starter Brett Marshall threw three shutout innings, working around four hits and three walks while striking out four.
Meanwhile, former Red Adam Dunn hit a pair of RBI singles and the Chicago White Sox beat a split squad of Reds 4-3 Friday.
Dunn's first single came off Mike Leake, who was making his first spring start. Dunn later broke a 3-all tie in the fifth.
Jay Bruce homered in the Reds first off Felipe Paulino. Bruce added a double in the fifth and also made a throw from right field to cut down Jeff Keppinger at third base.
"Jay's was a blast," acting manager Jay Bell said. "It is fun to see his timing. His timing is really good right now and we have three weeks left. Jay is going to be fun to watch this summer."
Aroldis Chapman pitched two innings for the Reds, allowing a run and two hits. He struck out three.
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