Saturday, June 9, 2012

Reds battle against Verlander, but Lose 3-2

Todd Frazier and his 2 RBI weren't enough to beat the Tigers

On a day of highly anticipated elimination games in the NBA and NHL, there was a very intriguing baseball game to watch. The Cincinnati Reds (32-26) hosted the Detroit Tigers (27-32) in a 4 o'clock game that allowed for many viewers to watch the game and also watch the playoff games in the other sports. Bronson Arroyo and JustinVerlander, perhaps the games best current pitcher, matched each other throughout the game and handed it over to the bullpen. Despite the season long struggle of the Tigers bullpen and the success of the Reds, Detroit was able to pick up the win 3-2.

Here is a look at the Good, Bad, and Notables.

The Good
-Bronson Arroyo pitched very well giving up only 2 runs in 7 innings. He is having a good season after last seasons struggles
-Logan Ondrusek pitched 1.1 innings of hit-less baseball, while walking 1
-Joey Votto extended his hitting streak to 15 games. He had a hit, 2 walks, and a run scored
-Todd Frazier had a very strong showing against Verlander, He knocked in both runs with a 2-out hit

The Bad
-The offense went 1-8 with Runners In Scoring Position and left 8 on base.
-Zack Cozart, Brandon Phillips, Ryan Ludwick, and Ryan Hanigan all went hit-less
-The team struck out 12 times
- Sean Marshall gave up 2 hits, a walk, and what would be the winning run in only .2 innings of work

The Notables
- Verlander pitched 6 innings for the 55th consecutive outing. He had to work for this one throwing 127 pitches, which was his second-highest pitch count of the season
-The official attendance was announced at 42,443. That marks the largest non-opening or playoff game attendance. It was also the 2md consecutive sell-out and 5th of the season
-The rubber match will be played tomorrow on Sunday Night Baseball. Homer Bailey (4-4 4.39 ERA) will face Drew Smyly (2-2 3.71 ERA)

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