Like what you see? Join Insider on Nov. 30 for our best deal on an annual membership ever: $19.99 and we give you a $20 Amazon.com Gift Card (while supplies last).
WCPO Insider is a membership bringing you closer to the city you love. As an Insider you receive rewards, stories and access to new experiences across your community.
Chris Heisey hit his fourth homer of the spring and raised his batting average to .400 in the Reds' 8-2 win over the Dodgers Thursday.
There's more to the story when you become an Insider. WCPO Insider's membership is an additional benefit on top of everything you can get for free on WCPO.com. We created an entire digital organization dedicated to bringing you exclusive access to in-depth stories that you can’t get anywhere else, handpicked events, and incredible savings on things you love to do. To find out more click here.
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Could Chris Heisey hit his way into the Opening Day lineup in left field?
Heisey hit his fourth homer of the spring - tied for the Cactus League lead - and raised his batting average to .400 in the Reds' 8-2 win over the Dodgers Thursday.
Heisey's three-run homer and Todd Frazier's solo shot helped the Reds break a five-game losing streak.
Heisey leads the Reds in RBI (9) and extra-base hits (7).
Heisey, subbing in left for Ryan Ludwick, went 2-for-3 with a single.
Ludwick, coming off a shoulder surgery in 2013, is hitting .220 with one homer.
The Reds have been waiting three years for Heisey to hit consistently enough to win a starting outfield job.
RELATED: HEISEY'S CAREER STATS
Heisey had a great spring in 2011, when hit .346 with five homers and 13 RBI.
Playing part-time that season, he had good power numbers (18 homers and 50 RBI in 279 at-bats). He even hit three homers against the Yankees on June 22.
He finished with a .254 batting average, but he also had 78 strikeouts.
Last year, when Ludwick went down on Opening Day, the left field job was Heisey's to win. But it didn't happen.
Heisey's numbers fell way off. He hit .237 with nine homers and 23 RBI in 224 at-bats. He also had 51 strikeouts.
The Reds (5-12) had lost 10 of their last 11 games and came in hitting .235 - 27th in the majors.
But they got 12 hits and jumped on Dodgers starter Paul Maholm for six runs (five earned) and six hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Billy Hamilton (.269) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
Joey Votto, hitting .200 with 11 strikeouts, took the day off.
Reds starter Alfredo Simon held the Dodgers to one run and five hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Hanley Ramirez hit a homer of Reds reliever Gary Lee Hyde, who had not given up a run in 4 2/3 innings.
The Dodgers (5-8) 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.
RELATED: BOX SCORE