Friday, May 18, 2012

Cincy blanked by an ole' veteran



Two of baseball's most storied franchises collided Friday night at Yankee Stadium. And what better way to kick-off the 3-game series than pitting a pair of veteran pitchers against one another?

That's exactly what the Reds (19-19) and Yankees (21-18) did when they marched out Bronson Arroyo and Andy Pettitte, respectively. The two 30-somethings didn't disappoint either, as both of them went toe-to-toe in a classic pitcher's duel for much of the game. But in the end it was Pettitte and the Bronx Bombers that came away with a 4-0 victory -- sending Arroyo's record to 2-2 on the year.

I'm not going to lie to you, there's not much you can say about this one. It was one of the more uneventful affairs I can recall in recent memory. But I'll attempt to put a capper on it anyways.

Here's the little good, the bad, and some notables from Friday's festive Big Apple affair:

The Good:
- Arroyo was masterful through 7 2/3 IP. And that's when fellow RR writer @willpower36 apparentely put the jinx on him...lauding his performance as fantastic. Unfortunately, it was his pursuit of that last out in the eighth that caused him harm. He was chased after allowing a solo homer to Robinson Cano (4) and a two-run jack to Raul Ibanez (8).
- Chris Heisey notched a single and drew the team's only walk.
- Jay Bruce recorded an outfield assist. Although it could've easily went as an error had he not pegged out the runner at second.
- The team didn't have to travel far from their previous series to get to this one. Can't blame jet lag tonight....maybe subway lag?

The Bad:
- Rookie Zack Cozart has been reeling lately. Those struggles continued tonight as he was 0-4 with three strikeouts. Yes, the dreaded hat trick.
- Joey Votto was hitless in four at-bats as well. He too recorded the hat trick.
- The Reds 3-5 hitters (Votto, Phillips, Bruce) combined to go 0-12 with 6 Ks.
- The offense as a whole collected only four hits, went down on strikes 10 times, and was shutout.
- The team remains in the city that never sleeps after a game that'd be hard to sleep on in and of itself.
- They also remain in a city where finding a reasonably-priced meal is harder to find than a doughnut at a police convention.

The Notables:
- The contest was played in a tidy 2:24 in front of a paid crowd of 42,000+.
- The Yankees even up the all-time Interleague series between the two at 5-5.
- Game two of the series will take place tomorrow at Yankee Stadium beginning at 1:05pm ET. The Reds will trot out right-hander Homer Bailey (1-3, 4.35) to counter New York's Ivan Nova (4-1, 5.44). Nova notched arguably his best career start in his only prior outing against Cincinnati. That came in June of last year when he limited them to four hits and a run over eight, masterful innings of work.
- The Sunday, June 10th start time vs the Tigers has been moved from 1:10pm to 8:09pm to accommodate the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.

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