06/24/08 11:22 PM ET
Arroyo has start to forget in loss
Right-hander retires just three of 15 batters, allows 10 runs
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
"That was probably the worst outing of my career," said Arroyo of his career-low one-plus inning.Toronto led, 6-0, after one inning and 11-1 after two innings. The numbers behind the score were even more astounding. Within just two innings, the Blue Jays had 14 hits and matched a season high with 26 total bases, batting around twice in the first two innings in the process. Arroyo (4-7) and reliever Gary Majewski combined to face 21 batters as Toronto batted around twice. "The game was two hours old and we were on defense for one hour and 45 minutes," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. Arroyo's 5.55 ERA entering the game ballooned by nearly one run to 6.52. He set a new career high for earned runs allowed and tied his high with hits. If there was any confidence gained from taking two of three games from the Yankees in New York over the weekend, it was quickly wiped clean like a fresh dry-erase board. Arroyo loaded the bases with the first three batters of the game. A Vernon Wells strikeout and Matt Stairs sacrifice fly meant two outs and a chance to escape. But Scott Rolen smoked a first-pitch, three-run home run to center field, and one hit and two batters later, Gregg Zaun hit a two-run home run inside the right-field foul pole. The pummeling continued in the second inning, when leadoff batter Alex Rios hit a home run to left field. "After the first inning, you try to wipe it clean and come back out and start off with a fresh inning," Arroyo said. "I had a 1-2 count on Rios and threw the ball where I wanted to, but he hit that out of the park. It was one of those days." Arroyo gave up three more hits, including RBI doubles by Stairs and Rolen, before being pulled for Majewski. The reliever gave up two runs and seven hits over his three innings. "You give up 11 hits in 15 batters and walk one -- I probably could have told them what was coming and fared better," said Arroyo, who threw only 52 pitches. "I felt like I didn't even work at all. They hit balls in, up, out and away -- everywhere." Toronto's 22 hits overall was a season high allowed by Reds pitchers this season, the most by the team since June 9, 2004, at Oakland. "Boy, that's a tough day at the yard right there," Baker said. "A lot of their guys got their averages healthy. I looked on the board and some of them had been up three times by the second inning." Over his last two starts, Arroyo has given up 16 earned runs and 18 hits. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 10.07 ERA over his last five starts. In the Canadian Football League, there exists a one-point play called a "rouge." The Reds' rouge came in the second inning against Toronto starter A.J. Burnett, when Jay Bruce's bases-loaded drive to center field scored Brandon Phillips. The rally ended when Paul Janish grounded into a double play, with the help of a spectacular glove play by shortstop Marco Scutaro. Burnett (7-7) coasted the rest of the way in an eight-inning performance. Entering the night, the Reds' first Interleague visit to Toronto featured numerous subplots. It was rookie first baseman and Toronto native Joey Votto's first big league game in his hometown, it was Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston's first home game since returning last week and then there was the Adam Dunn-J.P. Ricciardi sideshow. Compared to those issues, the game was anti-climatic. And it was certainly never in doubt. On the first game of a 12-game stretch without a day off, the Reds' bullpen had to work eight innings, with Majewski, Jeremy Affeldt, David Weathers and Bill Bray all seeing action. Baker will be counting on Wednesday starter Aaron Harang to work deep. "We stretched our bullpen out right away," Baker said. "Hopefully, Aaron can give us some quality [innings Wednesday] and we can comeback and win."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.