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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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Sunday, March 25, 2007

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.


at 4:36 PM Blogger Meatwad said...

I like UCLA after watching them win "Ugly" over Kansas. (I was kinda hoping Kansas would win it all after easily handling my UK Wildcats.)

It's gonna be strange watching Tubby Smith on the the Gopher sidelines next year, and even stranger watching Randolph Morris in a NBA Jersey on ESPN tomorrow night when they show the New York Knicks highlights. As lackadasical as Morris was, he is going to be missed "BIG Time" by UK. (Pun intended).

Oh yeah, baseball- I agree with your take on Belisle over Sarloos. It's good to have this kind of battle over starting pitching in the Queen city. For the last 10 years it seemed like the Reds were scrambling for a 4th and 5th starter, just throwing has-bens and never-bens to the wolves. I like the competition this year. If things go well for Matt Belisle and he stays healthy I think he could contribute 10 or more victories. His pitching arsenal is well above average when he is totally healthy. The "totally healthy" part has obviously been a problem.

at 5:08 PM Anonymous Blue said...

It seems plainly obvious that the starting rotation would be better with both Saarloos and Belisle, rather than one of those two and Eric Milton. Any chance they cut bait with Milton when the rosters are set?

Sounds like a pretty tight pool you've got there. I was 7/8 with my Elite 8 picks and am 3/3 so far with my Final Four picks. I wish there was some money to win with my pool!

at 6:57 PM Blogger poynorch said...

As a UF grad I sure hope your wife wins! GO GATORS!

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