LAS VEGAS -- Travis Wood had to make his final case to be the Cincinnati Reds fifth starter with a howling wind blowing out to center field.
Considering the situation, he did about as well as could be expected in the Reds' 12-4 split-squad win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a split-squad game for both teams Wednesday night."I had to battle and keep going," Wood said of his last two innings. "It was hard to see with the wind in my face. I pitched as well as I did the time before."Joey Votto went 3 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs, Chris Dickerson hit a two-run homer in a five-run second and scored two runs, and Jay Bruce and Jonny Gomes each had two hits and two RBIs.Wood allowed three runs and five hits while striking out five in four innings, all with winds up to 35 mph blowing right past him. Despite Mike Leake's six strong innings in a start earlier Wednesday and a successful return by Aroldis Chapman from a mild injury, Wood held his own."You would prefer to have a left-hander. I mean anyone wants a left hander if you can find them," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said of the decision for the No. 5 spot before Wednesday night's game. "Our whole organization has been wrestling with this everyday. Wood has good stuff. He had a great year last year. He's getting the ball up more. He's been getting away with some stuff."Dodgers starter Josh Towers gave up 10 runs on 12 hits in four innings.Matt Kemp had two hits, including a triple and a run for the Dodgers. Prentice Redman had a two-run double in the fourth. Casey Blake had a hit and an RBI for Los Angeles.
The Dodgers released OF Jason Repko. In four seasons with Dodgers, Repko hit .226 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs. Los Angeles also released LHP Eric Stults. The releases brought the Dodgers' 40-man roster to 36. ... The Dodgers lost two popups in the twilight in the top of the first inning. The first was on a foul that landed harmlessly, but the second was an RBI single for Bruce that landed in short left center between CF Jamie Hoffmann and LF Prentice Redman.