By Mark Sheldon

From the early days of Spring Training, new Reds manager Bryan Price proclaimed that his club would be more aggressive on the bases and take chances. There have been times in the early going where they’ve been burned by their ambitiousness.

But there also have been several successful scoring chances created, and that was the case during a 5-2 Reds win over the Pirates on Wednesday night.

Reds baserunners were on the move often, going from first to third when they could, seeking extra bases on hits and putting pressure on Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton and catcher Chris Stewart. There were also four steals in five attempts while Stewart had two throwing errors.

It was Hamilton’s one-out RBI single into left field that scored Devin Mesoraco and made it a 2-2 game. Hamilton stole second base and Stewart’s second error allowed Santiago to score from third base on the play as Hamilton took third. Following an intentional walk to Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips’ walk to load the bases, Hamilton scored on a Jay Bruce fielder’s choice.

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