Mesoraco homers twice in Reds' win
PHOENIX — Devin Mesoraco had caught Bronson Arroyo often enough to know the pitcher likes to try to sneak a first-pitch curveball past hitters in tough situations.
So when the Punxsutawney native came to the plate to face his former teammate with the bases loaded and no outs in the second inning, he wasn’t surprised to see that slow curve coming — and the Cincinnati catcher hit into the seats in left field.
The grand slam gave the Reds the lead for good and they went on to beat Arroyo and the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Friday night.
“I was aware that he likes to flip that easy breaking ball in there for a first-pitch strike, especially in situations where he really needs a strike,” Mesoraco said. “I wouldn’t say that I was looking for it, but I went up there with an idea that may be coming.”
When Arroyo came to the plate later in the game, he talked to Mesoraco about it.
“I said, ‘Rac, you were supposed to take one,’” Arroyo said. ‘He said, ‘I couldn’t let that one go by.’”
Mesoraco also had a solo shot off reliever Evan Marshall in the ninth inning for the second two-homer game of his career.
A.J. Pollock doubled twice, singled and scored two runs for the Diamondbacks. In the first five games of the homestand, Pollock is 11 for 20 with five doubles, a triple and a home run and has scored nine runs.
Mike Leake (3-4) gave up four runs, three earned, and six hits in six innings for his first win in eight starts. He struck out four and walked one.
Arroyo (4-4), facing his former team for the first time, allowed five runs and nine hits through seven innings.
Mesoraco’s second career slam came on the first pitch after the Reds opened the second inning with three consecutive singles.