Reds win 2-1, Arroyo excellent, Bailey perplexed
The Reds beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2-1 at Ed Smith Stadium.
Bronson Arroyo: 5 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 2 Ks. He's the first Red to go five innings. Only needed 60 pitches.
"Bronson was Bronson -- outstanding," Jerry Narron said.
In two outings, Arroyo's gone seven shutout inning, allowed three hits, no walks and struck out five.
"It was good," he said. "I gave my body a nice pounding. . . escalating up to 100 pitches."
He said he's over the flu after struggling with it for five days.
David Weathers gave up a home run to Rocco Baldelli in the sixth.
Homer Bailey pitched the seventh. He hit Ty Wigginton, got a 5-4-3 double play and fooled Akinori Iwanura badly to get a strikeout. Bailey only pitched the one inning. That's probably not a sign that the Reds are considering using him in relief.
“He was scheduled to go an inning,” Narron said.
Bailey seemed a bit surprised by the briefness of his outing. “Your guess is as good as mine,” Bailey said. “I don’t know why. I just work here.”
Alex Gonzalez doubled to lead off the home first. He went to third on Scott Hatteberg's groundout and scored in Brandon Phillips' groundout.
Phillips led off the fourth with an infield single. He stole second (after the Rays had him picked off) and went to third on Adam Dunn's groundout. Edwin Encarnacion got him home with a rocket past third against drawn-in infield.
Josh Hamilton update: Infield hit, groundout, groundout. He's down to .548.
Rays have lost 12 straight. That's not easy to do, spring training or not.