From the DDN:
The Cincinnati Reds sent two pitchers Ã¢â‚¬â€ and some of their bad luck Ã¢â‚¬â€ to the Dayton Dragons Monday night.
Elizardo Ramirez allowed three runs Ã¢â‚¬â€ two on a booming homer that hit the video screen Ã¢â‚¬â€ over six innings to stay on his rotation schedule during the All-Star break. Grant Balfour pitched an inning for the first time in more than a year, retiring the side.
Still, the Dragons lost 4-3 in 10 innings to the Swing of the Quad Cities, although Josh Holden and Mike DeJesus made the finish exciting at Fifth Third Field.
A Swing run in the 10th nullified two homers and three RBIs by Dayton shortstop Adam Rosales Ã¢â‚¬â€ who also hit the scoreboard. In the bottom of the inning, Eric Eymann singled, went to second on a wild pitch and third on a Josh Holden drive to center that Shane Robinson dove to catch.
Holden fouled off several pitches before flying out and so did DeJesus before ending the game on a hard grounder to first. “I was sitting on fastballs,” DeJesus said. “That’s all he was throwing. I was wondering why I was missing those pitches.”
Balfour, from Australia, wondered if he’d ever pitch those pitches. Signed by Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky from the Twins, Balfour hadn’t pitched since undergoing elbow and shoulder surgery in May and September 2005.
“I’ve thrown in the bullpen, but not in a game until (Monday),” Balfour said. “I felt good.”
Balfour will pitch another inning Wednesday in South Bend and two innings Saturday in Dayton.