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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

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.


at 10:00 PM Blogger Mark said...

I suppose Bailey's a bit miffed by his short stint not knowing why he was just used for an inning, saying "He only works here." When he gets a big contract he can say things like a has been all star a.k.a. Junior, "I'll let you guys know when I'm ready to play."

at 2:26 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

bailey shouldnt be perplexed ..... he's going to louisville -- other people that still have a shot at the major league team need the work more. Not hard to figure out.

at 9:48 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the blogs and getting to keep in touch daily with the Reds.

I'm going to bring my 6 year-old to Sarasota for a few days next week and need some ideas about where to take him: dinners, activities, etc. Any suggestions?

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