Matt Latos allowed a home run but showed a sharp breaking ball that delivered three strike outs in three frames.
"Fine", said Latos when asked how it went. He wanted to get on the bus for the mile trip to the clubhouse. He kept his answers short.
"He threw the ball good except for one pitch," said Baker of the pitch that minor leaguer Alexi Amarista." He threw some outstanding curve balls, especially for down here in Arizona," said Baker. The lack of humidity in Arizona cuts down on the effectiveness of curves and sliders. "He located some fastballs well."
Jay Bruce tied the game with a sharp single and hit the ball hard in two other at bats.
His loss of 16 pounds makes him quicker to the ball. The early results are good. Bruce has hit safely in all five of his appearances and carries a .500 batting average.
Miguel Cairo singled home a run. Donald Lutz continues to hit lacing a double that gave the Reds a cushion.
Logan Ondrusek gave up two runs in the ninth but held the fort, stranding two runners when the Reds recorded the final out.