Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Redlegs win a drama-filled one over the Brew Crew, 4-3

Tuesday's affair between the Brewers (33-41) and Redlegs (41-32) saw no shortage of drama at GABP. Bronson Arroyo took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning only to have it, and a 3-run lead, slip away in a matter of minutes. Luckily, Drew Stubbs delivered a solo homer in the bottom half of the inning to put the Reds on top for good, 4-3. Aroldis Chapman recorded his ninth save of the season after striking out the side in the ninth to preserve the victory.

Here's a full look at the good, the bad and the notables:

The Good:
- Arroyo was nearly perfect through 22 outs. He kept Milwaukee hitters off-balance all night before allowing three hits and three runs in the eighth. He was lifted in favor of Sean Marshall after 7.2 strong innings. He also chipped in one of the team's six hits.
- Stubbs was clutch for the second straight night. His 8th homer of the year couldn't have come at a better time. He swiped his 15th base of the year during the game as well.
- Jay Bruce accounted for 75% of the offense after clubbing his 17th homer of the year -- a 3-run bomb in the sixth.
- Brandon Phillips notched a pair of singles and scored a run while Joey Votto smacked his MLB-leading 31st double. Votto is on pace for 68 two-baggers, which would set an all-time single season record.
- Chapman rebounded from his bad outing on Sunday to pick up the save. But that isn't what people will be talking about at the water cooler tomorrow. It'll be his post-game celebration that will have the sporting world buzzing.

The Bad:
- As good as Arroyo was for much of the game, he received a no decision.
- Rookie Zack Cozart is in some kind of funk. He went hitless again on Tuesday making him hitless in his last 12 plate appearances.
- Scott Rolen was 0-3 with two Ks. He was 0-4 with four Ks in Monday's affair. He's currently hitting .197 for the season.
- Reds hitters were retired via strikeout on 15 different occasions tonight. That's 63% of their recorded outs!
- Votto boasted three of those to record the inglorious hat trick.

The Notables:
- It was another solid showing at the ball park as 32,986 fans were in attendance.
- Cincinnati now leads the season series over Milwaukee four games to one.
- Up next: Dusty Baker's bunch shoots for a sweep on Wednesday, but they'll have to beat Brewers ace Zack Greinke (8-2, 2.81) in order to do so. Cincy will counter with Homer Bailey (5-5, 4.20) in what will be the last team's last home game before the All-Star Break. After tomorrow's matinee, the Redlegs will head westward for an 11-game road trip.

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