GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Finesse pitchers are supposed to be even more effective when worn down -- a condition that adds life to their pitches -- but Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo took that to extremes on Tuesday.
Making his final preseason tuneup days after being diagnosed with mononucleosis, Arroyo stayed sharp for 6 1/3 innings against the Indians, allowing six hits and two runs in Cincinnati's 8-3 getaway victory.
"I felt good. I can't stop coughing, but I feel good," Arroyo, set to start the Reds' third regular-season game, said after his 100-pitch outing. "I'm feeling better every day.
"I didn't have the best command. They hit the ball hard right at some guys, but I got 100 pitches in, and that's what I wanted to do. I'll see how I bounce back tomorrow. It will be a nice little test for me."
If there was a noticeable difference in Arroyo's performance, it was in the manner in which he got most of his outs -- 12 of the 19 were through the air, compared to four on the ground, including a double-play ball to end the sixth. Arroyo got three others via strikeouts.
Normally, Arroyo balances his outs, getting slightly more of them on the ground than through the air (250-216 last season).
"Arroyo looks, feels and acts better every day," said Reds manager Dusty Baker.
Except when having to face Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, who roped homers into the right-field pavilion of Goodyear Ballpark in the first and fifth innings. In their regular-season Interleague meetings, Choo is 6-for-12, with four homers, off Arroyo.
"Choo hits everything I throw," Arroyo said. "I was hoping to face him one more time. I was going to tell him what was coming every pitch and see if he could deal with that."