"Hopefully, it does carry over," said bench coach Freddie Benavides, who served as acting manager as David Bell served a one-game suspension. They've got a track record. It's a good offensive ballclub. They've got numbers. I think they're going to explode."
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That happened in a seven-run sixth inning. Matt Kemp, Eugenio Suarez and Scott Schebler hit back-to-back-to-back home runs. It was the first time the Reds had done that since 2012. Winker hit a two-run home run in the fourth. Kyle Farmer added a three-run home run in the seventh.
Winker, who hit .299 last season, entered the game with one hit in 24 at-bats and went 2-for-4, raising his average from .042 to .103. Kemp, a .285 career hitter, also went 2-for-5 and drove in his first runs of the season with a three-run home run. He raised his average from .091 to .148.
Winker and Kemp took early batting practice Tuesday, Benavides said, with hitting coach Turner Ward.
“It’s just a matter of getting confidence and getting at-bats,” Benavides said. “It’s been tough for some of them, but once they get their at-bats and they’re consistent, it’s just a matter of time.”
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Winker hit fastballs for 15-20 minutes by himself, he said, in hopes of getting back to basics.
“Nothing too crazy,” he said. “It was really good. It was really fun.”
Slumping at the beginning of the season makes it harder for Winker and the team, which improved to 2-8 and avoided its first 1-9 start since 1937.
“Everyone wants to get off to a good start,” Winker said. “It’s one of those things. But it’s a marathon. It really is. Every time I hit a ball hard and touch first and run by Delino (DeShields), he always reminds me, ‘Hey, it’s a marathon.’ I appreciate him doing that, too. You keep your head down. I’ve got a great group of guys in here. It’s 10 games. They’re just telling me, ‘Just keep going.’ You don’t look too much into it, but at the same time, it’s hard not to look too much into it.”
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