Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bronson, bats sensational as Reds salvage a win in the series finale

Arroyo was dealing, as the Reds won Thursday.
The bats finally came to life in the series finale between Cincinnati (5-8) and St. Louis (9-4). That coupled with an outstanding starting performance from Bronson Arroyo (1-0) helped the Reds avoid a sweep against their bitter rivals. Arroyo was the first Reds' starter to get a win, since Johnny Cueto did so on Opening Day. The Reds scored early, and added a few insurance runs near the end of the game, while Sean Marshall picked up his second save of the season.

Let's look at the good, the bad, and the notables from the Reds' win:

The Good:
-Arroyo struck out five, and allowed just five hits over eight innings. He made just one mistake, which turned into a three-run home run in the sixth, accounting for all three earned runs he allowed.
-The fourth inning. It was a much welcomed change for the struggling offense. With one out, Brandon Phillips smacked a solo shot to the left field seats. Jay Bruce followed that with a single, before Ryan Ludwick launched a two-run homer, the second of the inning, giving the Reds a 3-0 lead.
-Phillips finished 2-5, and added a second RBI in the fifth inning. Ludwick and Bruce also had two hits on the day.
-Drew Stubbs had a nice game going 3-5, including a solo jackson to provide an insurance run in the seventh.
-Marshall allowed a lead off single, before striking out the side to secure the save.

The Bad:
-On a day when it seemed like everyone was hitting, the one guy who was hitting before today went hitless, as Zack Cozart could not muster one in his five at-bats, though he did score a run.
-In his first game since being called up from the Bats, Todd Frazier went 0-4 and committed a throwing error.

The Notables:
-Arroyo continues to look like he's overcome his struggles from last season. After his first three starts, he is now 1-0, with a 2.91 ERA, and has allowed just one home run (the one today) after allowing 46 last year.
-The Reds are now 2-5 on their first road trip of the season. They will travel to Wrigley Field for a three-game set with the Cubs to close out the trip. RHP Homer Bailey (0-2, 5.40) will face RHP Chris Volstad (0-1, 4.91) in the first game Friday at 2:20pm EST.

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