Arroyo impresses, but Reds fall to Jays

Arroyo impresses, but Reds fall to Jays

at Dunedin, Fla.
Sunday, March 2

Reds at the plate: Top prospect Jay Bruce drilled an offering from Toronto starter A.J. Burnett deep to left-center field for a double in the second inning, scoring Chris Dickerson and Paul Bako for two early runs. Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips added a pair of singles.

Blue Jays at the plate: Matt Stairs collected two RBIs with a pair of hits on Sunday. Stairs drove in Reed Johnson with a single in the fourth inning and launched a 1-0 pitch from David Weathers deep to right for a solo home run in the sixth. Buck Coats and Joe Inglett added two-run homers in the fifth and eighth innings, respectively.

Reds on the mound: Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo was perfect in a brief two-inning appearance against Toronto, setting down all six batters he faced in an 18-pitch effort. Reds pitching prospect Johnny Cueto gave up one run on four hits and tallied a pair of strikeouts in two innings in relief.

Blue Jays on the mound: Blue Jays on the mound: Burnett, making his first start of the spring, surrendered two runs on three hits in two innings of work. The right-hander had no strikeouts, walked one and induced ground-ball outs. Burnett finished with 35 pitches (21 strikes), including 24 pitches in the second inning.

Grapefruit League records: Reds 2-3; Blue Jays 1-3.

Up next: Reds left-hander Jeremy Affeldt is slated to start against the Twins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Monday at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Also scheduled to pitch for Cincinnati are Jon Adkins, Brad Salmon, Tyler Pelland, Jon Coutlangus, Scott Saurbeck and Richie Gardner.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.