Todd Frazier and Chris Heisey homered as the Cincinnati Reds blasted Paul Maholm and the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-2 in Cactus League play Thursday.
Frazier hit his second homer this spring in the first inning off Maholm, who is competing with Josh Beckett for the No. 5 spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.
The hot-hitting Heisey connected for a three-run shot in the third, giving him four.
Meanwhile, Reds starter Alfredo Simon allowed one run on five hits and struck out three over 4 1-3 innings.
“I feel comfortable right now to pitch every five days,” Simon said. “I just have the rhythm. I was a starter (with the Orioles). I just feel real comfortable. All my pitches worked really good.”
In 19 major-league starts, Simon is 3-9 with a 5.15 ERA. Simon might emerge as a starter if Mat Latos is not ready for opening day. Latos had elbow surgery in October and knee surgery in February.
Latos is scheduled to throw batting practice today for the first time this spring. Right-hander Jonathan Broxton, who underwent surgery on his right forearm on August 23, is scheduled for a bullpen session. There’s a chance he could work an inning on Monday against Cleveland, according to Reds manager Bryan Price.
Los Angeles scored in the fourth on Justin Turner’s sacrifice fly. In the fifth, Hanley Ramirez hit his second homer this spring, a powerful shot to left.
The Dodgers played for the second straight day without manager Don Mattingly, who left camp because of a death in his family. Bench coach Tim Wallach was acting manager.
Maholm was making his third appearance of spring training since signing a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Dodgers on Feb. 8.