SARASOTA, Fla. -- Tuesday's start was a chance for Josh Fogg to firm up his inside track status for a Reds rotation spot.
But Fogg didn't fare well in Cincinnati's 8-4 loss to the Pirates. In his three innings, the right-hander allowed six runs, three of them earned, and five hits. He walked one and struck out one.
"I feel like it's Spring Training," Fogg said after the game. "They're going to make the decisions on whether guys go out there and get people out. I've gotten people out to this point. If I was going to be good in every start, I wouldn't be in the situation I'm in right now. I'd have a guaranteed job somewhere. Everybody gets beat up once in a while. It's part of the game."
With Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez closing in on securing two of the three open rotation spots, one spot could be left to for a battle between Fogg, Homer Bailey and Matt Belisle. To this point, Bailey and Belisle have struggled while Fogg has pitched mostly well.
Fogg began Tuesday with a perfect first inning before he found trouble in the second. He allowed a leadoff double to Ryan Doumit, followed by Xavier Nady's RBI single and a broken bat single by Jose Bautista. The first three batters in the third reached base, including one on first baseman Joey Votto's fielding error.
It led to Bautista's two-run home run, which was crushed over the left field wall.
"I didn't pitch very well," Fogg said. "It happens in baseball. I didn't locate well today. There weren't many good things at all. But you put it behind you and go get them again in five days."
In his previous start on Friday, Fogg threw five scoreless innings vs. Pittsburgh. Through five outings this spring, he has a 3.38 ERA over 16 innings.
"In his defense, he was on three days' rest," manager Dusty Baker said. "He was missing and we had a couple of defensive miscues. He's the kind of pitcher that needs good defense and to locate."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.