Bay looks to continue success vs. Reds

Bay looks to continue success vs. Reds

CINCINNATI -- If there is ever a time to expect Jason Bay to come through with a hit, it's at Great American Ball Park.

After playing hero in back-to-back extra-inning wins over the weekend, Bay has shown up in the Cincinnati ballpark that has been a launching pad for the left fielder in years past. Nowhere has he put up better offensive numbers, and no one in baseball has matched his numbers here.

As if his lifetime .371 batting average isn't imposing enough, Bay has peaked at Great American Ball Park in the last three years. Since 2005, the Pirates left fielder has played 27 games in Cincinnati. He has had at least one hit in all but four of those games and at least two hits 16 times.

That 16th multi-hit game came in Tuesday's series opener, when Bay went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. That upped his average at Great American Ball Park to .406 since the beginning of that '05 season.

The list seems to go on and on. His 13 career home runs in Great American Ball Park are more than any other visiting player. His lifetime average is also tops among all players with at least 100 at-bats in the Reds' ballpark.

The good news for Bay doesn't stop there.

He's got a seven-game hitting streak going, a 10-game on-base streak going and has hit .341 so far this month. Not only that, but he'll be facing a pitcher in Bronson Arroyo on Wednesday that he has hit well against in the past. Bay will enter the game 6-for-16 against the Cincinnati right-hander.

As for the Pirates, the good news had been flowing pretty freely as of late until it hit a road bump. Despite a series-opening loss on Tuesday, the Bucs come in to Wednesday's contest 3-1 against the Reds this season and still trying to ride the coattails of a modest, but momentum-building, walk-off weekend.

And despite the seemingly mediocre numbers from probable starter Tom Gorzelanny, his numbers against all teams that don't play in Chicago aren't so bad. In his six starts other than those against the Cubs, Gorzelanny is 4-2 with a 2.86 ERA.

Pitching matchup
PIT: LHP Tom Gorzelanny (4-4, 6.31 ERA)
Gorzelanny lasted only five innings in his last start on May 22, but the lefty was able to hold the Brewers to two runs on eight hits. However, he still walked twice as many batters as he struck out, raising his walks-to-strikeout ratio to 35-to-26. Gorzelanny is 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA against the Reds in his career.

CIN: RHP Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 5.68 ERA)
Arroyo worked 6 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs on seven hits in a 5-2 win over the Padres on Saturday. He walked one and struck out nine. After a rough start, in which he was 1-4 with an 8.63 ERA through his first seven starts, he is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA over his past four starts. Arroyo, who is 1-3 lifetime against Pittsburgh, faced the Pirates on April 12 and worked five innings, giving up three runs -- just two earned -- on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. He did not receive a decision.

Bucs bits
Ryan Doumit (fractured left thumb) has been cleared to do all baseball-related activity except for catching. While he is expected to recover quicker than initially thought, there is still no timetable set for when Doumit will begin catching again. ... Former No. 1 Draft pick, Bryan Bullington was named International League Player of the Week after winning both of his starts last week and allowing just two earned runs in 13 total innings. After starting the season 0-5 with an 8.04 ERA, Bullington is 3-1 with a 2.80 ERA in his last four starts. ... In order to make room for Brian Bixler on the Triple-A squad, infielder Jason Bowers was sent down to Double-A Altoona.

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Up next
• Thursday: Pirates (Zach Duke, 2-3, 4.55) at Reds (Aaron Harang, 2-6, 3.32), 7:10 p.m. ET
• Friday: Pirates (Phil Dumatrait, 1-2, 4.05) at Cardinals (TBD), 8:15 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Pirates (Paul Maholm, 2-5, 5.11) at Cardinals (TBD), 7:15 p.m. ET

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.