Monday, May 7, 2012

Arroyo, Reds bottle up Brewers

Cincy did something on Monday night that they had done just one other time in the past ten months, and that's win a game played on the first day of the week. The Reds (15-13) took advantage of another great start by Bronson Arroyo (2-1) in upending the host Brewers (12-17) by a tally of 6-1. Dusty Baker's bunch was previously 1-10 in their past 11 games played on Monday (dating back to June of 2011). However, the outcome this time around was much more favorable.

Milwaukee starting pitcher Marco Estrada was victimized for five runs in the top of the fourth and took the loss, but other than that pitched rather well in a losing effort.

It's the sixth victory for the Redlegs in their past eight games and pushes their record on the current road trip to 4-2.

Here's the good, the bad, and some notables from the series opener:

The Good:
- Arroyo continues to string together solid outings. The veteran right-hander limited the Brewers offense to six hits and only one run thru 6 2/3 IP. He surrendered one walk and fanned nine. His K/BB ratio on the season? How about 27/4. Impressive.
- Brandon Phillips put a few good swings on the ball and had a couple of hits to show for it. Hopefully this will get the Reds second basemen going.
- Jay Bruce smacked his ninth homer of the year during the 5-run fourth. The ball nearly left the stadium in right center after traveling an estimated 463 feet. He brought home three runs with that swing and now has 21 RBI on the year.
- Zack Cozart delivered his third homer of the year -- a solo shot over the left field wall in the fourth.
- Ryan Hanigan chipped in a pair of singles. He's currently leading the team in average at .300.
- Miguel Cairo, who was activated from the DL just hours before the game, got reacquainted to the diamond by ripping a pinch-hit, RBI double off the bench. Welcome back, Miggy.
- Logan Ondrusek pitched an inning and a third of perfect relief. His ERA for the year is still at 0.00.

The Bad:
- The Reds collected ZERO walks on the evening.
- Scott Rolen continues to struggle, mightily. The seasoned veteran saw his average stoop to .179 after an 0-4 showing.
- Chris Heisey was charged with his second error of the season (bobble).

The Notables:
- The Reds announced the activation of Cairo from the disabled list before the game and subsequently outrighted Willie Harris to Triple-A Louisville to make room on the 25-man roster (much to the delight of 99% of Reds nation). Harris has 72 hours to report, but can opt to refuse the assignment and become a free agent if he so chooses.
- Up next: The division foes tangle again in game two of the series on Tuesday as Homer Bailey (1-2, 3.77) takes the hill for the Reds opposite of Milwaukee's Marco Estrado (0-1, 3.71). The action is slated to get underway at approximately 8:10et.

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