MILWAUKEE (AP) -The
certainly aren't panicking.
They aren't really pitching or hitting, either. And even this early in the season, a team that expects to be a contender was
showing signs of concern after Tuesday's 6-1 loss to the
''I don't think anybody wants to start the way we have,'' Brewers manager
said. ''If you take a look at the league statistics, we're not swinging the bats very well, we're not pitching very well and
we're not catching the ball.''
(2-0) helped extend those early season woes, holding the Brewers to four hits in six-plus innings.
Arroyo was bothered by a flare-up of carpal tunnel syndrome during spring training and didn't look particularly sharp in winning
his first outing last week. But on Tuesday he gave up his only run on a solo homer by Milwaukee's J.J. Hardy in the second
inning, and said his arm and hand felt good afterward.
''I'm just happy to be 2-0, even though I'm not all the way back yet,'' Arroyo said.
Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a two-run homer for the Reds, who took the first two games of their series with the Brewers and will
go for the sweep Wednesday.
''It's big for us to win here, the way we've struggled everywhere in recent years,'' Arroyo said.
Hardy's second homer in two nights was about the only highlight for the Brewers, who have lost four straight and six of their
first eight to start the season.
''We're a good baseball team,'' outfielder
said. ''We just haven't shown it.''
After holding Milwaukee to a run and three hits through the first six innings, Arroyo got into trouble in the seventh.
''Bronson said his arm was fine,'' Reds manager
said. ''He was just spent.''
Reliever Daniel Herrera came in with one out and runners on first and second, then ran the count to 3-2 on pinch-hitter
before inducing a double-play grounder to end the inning.
Milwaukee got a decent performance from starter
(0-2), who gave up three hits and three runs in six innings. But walks again were a problem for a member of Milwaukee's starting
staff, as the first two of Parra's four walks came around to score.
At least Parra made it through the sixth inning, something that hasn't happened very often for Brewers starters this season.
Coming into Tuesday, only two Milwaukee starters had lasted more than five innings.
''Eight games into it, we're not getting the job done,'' Parra said.
The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the first when Hairston reached base on a walk and
pounded a 3-2 pitch to the wall in right-center for a double. Hardy tied the game in the second, homering on a 1-1 pitch from
Cincinnati took the lead in the third when Parra walked
and Hairston hit his first home run of the season.
The Brewers then blew a good scoring chance in the third, as
came up with the bases loaded and two outs and hit a lazy fly to left field to end the inning.
had another rough outing, giving up three runs in the ninth. Villanueva has been serving as the Brewers' closer while
works his way back from an injury, but others - perhaps
- might be given a chance to close.
''We'll see how he's feeling tomorrow,'' Macha said.
Macha already made one change before Tuesday's game, moving struggling starter
back a day in the rotation to give him an extra day to work out his problems.
will start Saturday's game at the
New York Mets
, and Suppan will start Sunday.
If the pitching can come around, Macha remains confident that his team will start hitting.
''I'm hoping it's just a little dip, and we can pull ourselves out of it,'' Macha said.