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03/07/12 7:46 PM EST
Arroyo tosses three innings, but Reds fall
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Jeremy Hermida and Nick Hundley each hit home runs and Cory Luebke faced the minimum over two innings as the Padres split-squad beat the Reds by a 5-0 score on Wednesday at Goodyear Ballpark.
During his first spring outing, Luebke gave up one hit and one walk with four strikeouts. He erased both of his baserunners with pickoff plays.
"I felt all right," Luebke said. "Getting out there you think you won't get jitters but you do. The ball was coming up on me from the stretch but we made adjustments. It was a good outing."
Facing Reds starter Bronson Arroyo in the top of the first, former Reds outfielder Hermida launched the first pitch into the left-center-field bullpen for a 1-0 Padres lead.
Arroyo finished with three innings pitched and allowed one run, two hits and one walk. Jose Arredondo took over and gave up one run and three hits over two innings with two strikeouts. San Diego added a run when Jedd Gyorko scored on Jaff Decker's groundout to first base.
In the sixth, against bullpen candidate Ron Mahay, Hundley sent a 2-1 pitch to center field for a two-run homer.
Padres pitching prospect Casey Kelly, the son of Reds affiliate Billings manager Pat Kelly, pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Setup man Andrew Cashner worked one inning with one hit and two strikeouts.
The Reds, who collected only three hits in the game, struck out 13 times on the afternoon.
"They had our number today," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "They were striking us out pretty good, especially young guys. It's that time when pitchers are starting to get their equalizer over, the breaking ball. Everybody is ready to hit that fastball. Now they're getting their breaking ball over a little better."
Reds up next: The Reds will travel to Phoenix to face the National League Central Brewers and ace Zack Greinke Thursday at 3:05 p.m. ET. After Mike Leake makes the start, it will be another tuneup out of the bullpen for lefty reliever Sean Marshall. In his first outing on Sunday, Marshall gave up two runs, two hits and a walk in one innings against the Indians
Padres up next: The Padres face the Giants at 12:05 p.m. PT on Thursday at the Peoria Sports Complex. Edinson Volquez makes his spring debut for the Padres and is set to throw two innings. Volquez, one of four players obtained from the Reds in December, has worked closely in camp with pitching coach Darren Balsley to get him back to pounding the strike zone, something that eluded him last season in Cincinnati. Volquez will slide into the starting rotation somewhere for the Padres.