Reds 9, Diamondbacks 6
Aaron Heilman’s last attempt to make Arizona’s rotation went
poorly all around.
Brandon Phillips hit a three-run homer and the Cincinnati Reds
roughed up Heilman to beat the Diamondbacks 9-6 on Sunday.
Heilman, competing with Armando Galarraga for the final spot in
the Arizona rotation, allowed eight runs and eight hits in two
innings. Phillips’ homer was his first of spring training.
The Diamondbacks committed four errors that contributed to the
”He didn’t locate (pitches) very well,” Arizona manager Kirk
Gibson said. ”He didn’t keep the ball down. He was pitching behind
in the count, and four errors made it a pretty tough go.”
Chris Heisey hit his team-high fifth homer of the spring off
Arizona’s Rafael Rodriguez. Heisey made 42 starts in the outfield
as a rookie last season.
”Heisey is going to come up big before it’s over,” manager
Dusty Baker said. ”There aren’t too many people like Heisey who
can play all three outfield positions – play them well and hit and
Reds third baseman Scott Rolen returned after missing two games
with a bruised left elbow and hit a two-run double. Catcher Ramon
Hernandez, sidelined the last week with a sore throwing elbow,
tossed out Ryan Roberts trying to steal.
”We have to watch Ramon more that Scotty, but he threw the ball
great,” Baker said.
Stephen Drew had two hits for Arizona. The shortstop has missed
time with sore abdominal muscles.
”This week went as planned for him,” Gibson said. ”He was out
for some time. I don’t want him to out there all nine innings
Gibson is pleased with the Diamondbacks’ progress despite their
sloppiness in the last two games.
”We have the ability to get better,” Gibson said. ”A lot of
people doubt us, but I’m not one of them. At times we’ve done very
well. The last week of camp is tough. I’ve been through it.
Everyone is ready for the season to start. We have to keep getting
better and better and more consistent.”
NOTES: Cincinnati reassigned LHP Dontrelle Willis and OF Jeremy
Hermida to the minor league camp. Hermida is exploring his options
with other major league teams. Willis will report to Triple-A
Louisville. … Reds OF Fred Lewis was examined by the medical
staff. He had pain in his side following a game on Saturday. …
Arizona closer J.J. Putz was slotted into a minor league game on
Sunday. He was scratched from an appearance last week with
stiffness in his back. … Ryan Roberts is hitting .500 this
spring. ”He’s been great,” Gibson said. ”I like the way he and
Willie Bloomquist go about their business. I’d like to see our team
be more like that with great grit and determination.”