Arroyo solid as Reds end Cactus League play
Right-hander allows one run on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds and Indians wrapped up their Cactus League slate with one last battle for Ohio. In the latest installment of the in-state rivalry, Cincinnati came away with a 2-1 victory on Monday at Goodyear Ballpark.
Catcher Devin Mesoraco delivered the decisive blow in the eighth inning: a sacrifice fly against Indians reliever Dan Wheeler to plate the Reds' second run of the afternoon. That effectively sent the Tribe tripping to its 22nd loss of the spring.
Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo, who will enter the season third in Cincinnati's rotation, pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing just the one run on seven hits, mixing in four strikeouts with no walks.
"With all my stuff, I had command of it -- the mixture of pitches," Arroyo said. "It was a little more free and easy today. I didn't have to work so hard to feel like I was getting the ball to the plate. Hopefully that will continue."
The Reds (15-17-1) broke through for one run against Indians starter Josh Tomlin in the second inning, when Scott Rolen led off with a double to the wall in right field. Rolen advanced to third on a groundout by Jay Bruce and then scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Chris Heisey, giving Cincinnati a 1-0 lead
Tomlin, who will slide into the fourth spot in Cleveland's rotation, finished with 63 pitches (36 strikes) in five innings for the Indians (7-22-3). The right-hander was charged with one run on three hits and ended with two strikeouts and a pair of walks.
"He's ready to go," Indians manager Manny Acta said of Tomlin. "He threw all his pitches and was able to do it in his particular way, with only 63 pitches. That was gratifying to see, and we're coming out of Spring Training healthy. All of our guys are ready to go. Our bullpen is ready to go. We're all set."
Indians closer Chris Perez, who will be ready for Opening Day after working his way back from a strained left oblique earlier this spring, logged one inning in his final Cactus League appearance for the Indians.
In the fifth inning, Cleveland tied the score at 1-1. Third baseman Jack Hannahan led off with a single to center against Arroyo. Tribe shortstop Jason Donald -- filling in for starter Asdrubal Cabrera -- followed with an RBI double that dropped into the gap in left-center.
Reds up next: The current Reds will take on the Future's squad in a 7 p.m. ET contest at Great American Ballpark, as the team returns to Cincinnati. For the big league club, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake will pitch in their final tuneup before they start the season in the rotation. The trio of lefties in the Cincinnati pen, Aroldis Chapman, Bill Bray and Sean Marshall, will also get the ball.