Yankees 7, Reds 7
Matt Belisle did not exactly solidify his spot in the rotation with his performance in the tie with the Yankees. (The game was called in the 10th because of rain). Belisle went three innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out one. 62 pitches, 31 strikes.
Josh Fogg, meanwhile, pitched five scoreless innings in the 5-0 win over Brandenton in other game of the split-squad doubleheader.
The competition for the starting rotation seems to be sorting itself out.
"We've still got two weeks to go," Dusty Baker said. "We've got good competition for the couple of spot that are open. We'll let keep pitching. Guys make thedecision for us."
Belisle gave up a double to Derek Jeter and walked Hideki Matsui on five pitches. Not a good move with ARod due up. Belisle paid when ARod hit out to right center.
Reds scored two off Phillip Hughes in their half of the first. Corey Patterson doubled. Juan Castro singled him in. Junior Griffey doubled Castro in.
Belisle gave the run right back. He walked the ninth hitter -- Brent Gardner -- with two outs. Johnny Damon doubled Gardner in.
The Reds added a run in the second as well. Andy Green doubled. Jerry Haiston singled. Patterson got Green home with a single.
It really got ugly for Belisle in the third. He got the first two outs routinely, then gave up five straight hits and three runs.
"He had the two-out blues," Baker said. "He could stop the bleeding."
Green doubled in another run in the third for the Reds.
Kent Mercker, Josh Roenicke, Pedro Viola, Daryl Thompson, Mike Lincoln and Todd Coffey shutout the Yankees out on one hit over the next seven innings.
The Reds tied it with three in the seventh. Jolbert Cabrera drove in the run on groundout. Juan Francisco, the Dayton third baseman last year, doubled in the second run. He's an impressive looking kid. Jerry Hairston singled in Francisco.
The game was stopped by rain one out into the eighth. The delay lasted 21 minutes. When it began to rain again in the 10th, they called it.