Reds 6, Rays 4
Matt Belisle did a nice job of getting out of trouble in the first. The Rays loaded the bases with with two hits and a walk. But Belisle got Jonny Gomes to hit in 1-2-3 double play. Belisle ended up going three innings, one run, two hits, two walks, one strikeout.
The Reds roughed up Edwin Jackson mightily in second. Joey Votto singled and stole second. Jolbert Cabrera doubled him in. An out later, Chris Kroski doubled. Juan Castro walked. Ryan Hanigan doubled. Ryan Freel and Norris Hopper singled. Six runs, six hits.
Kroski, for the person who asked, was signed as a minor league free agent in 2004. He hit .281 with six homers and 29 RBI in 70 games for Sarasota last year.
Belisle promptly walked the first two hitters after getting the 6-0 lead. Dusty Baker visited the mound after the second walk. That's the first time he's done that when he wasn't taking out the pitcher.
"He told to me to basically forget what happened so far and get after it," Belisle said. "He said while staring in my eyes."
"I just told him to throw it through the catcher," Baker said.
Belisle gave up a run on shortstop Jeff Keppinger's error, but got out of it from there and pitched 1-2-3 third.
Josh Fogg gave up a run in the fourth and another in the fifth. He pitched a 1-2-3 sixth.
Daryl Thompson stuck out the side in his big league spring debut. Ramon Ramirez gave up a run in the eighth. Marcus McBeth pitched the ninth for the save.