Jays 3, Reds 2
The Reds fell to Blue Jays 3-2 in Dunedin.
Matt Belisle had a decent outing: 4 IP, four hits, 1 walk, 3 Ks. He hadn't pitched in an A game since March 12. He pitched in two minor league games in the interim.
Kirk Saarloos, on the pitchers competing with Belisle for the fifth spot, went three innings, allowing a run on three hits.
"It may go down to day we set the roster," Jerry Narron said of the race for the fifth spot.
My guess is it will be Belisle.
Belisle gave up one in the first. Ex-Red Royce Clayton singled, stole second and scored on Reed Johnson's single up the middle.
Drew Stubbs, the top pick last year, beat out an infield single in the second and then promptly got picked off first. The kid is starting in center today. Speed is the key to his game. No one had a move like Tomo Ohka's in the Pioneer League, is my guess. He would have scored because Josh Hamilton just tripled. He's got serious speed for a 6-3, 235-pound guy.
Belisle gave up another run in the third.
Stubbs got another infield hit in the fifth. He scored eventually on the Edwin Encarnacion's two-out RBI single. The Reds added a run in the sixth.
Rob Butcher figures 70 media members will attend Daisuke Matsuzaka's outing tomorrow at the Ed. Can't wait to see the act. A scout told me the other day that Dice K is something to watch. Ken Griffey Jr. is supposed to play in the game. He didn't play Sunday, as expected.
We're down to one road game this spring. That's a happy, happy day for scribes.
You don't care about this, but it's my blog and I'll write it if want to: My wife and I are two of the three tied for second in the Enquirer pool. She's got Florida winning it all. I've got UCLA. Called my man Flea to make sure we were properly entered. I haven't been in the money since IU won it in '87.