Sunday, June 3, 2012

Reds fail to sweep Astros

The Reds (30-22) attempted to sweep the Astros (22-31), but fell short Sunday afternoon losing by two runs, 3 to 5. Bronson Arroyo hit a speed bump this season, giving up 5 runs on 8 hits, throwing 106 pitches in 6.1 innings, with 4 K's but only walking one batter. The Reds remain in first place, 2.5 games above the St. Louis Cardinals who did not play today.

Here's a look at the Good, the Bad and the Notables:

The Good
-Bronson Arroyo continues to have his best year since 2006. Although giving up 5 runs in 6.1 innings pitched, he has kept his ERA under 4 and proves that he isn't on a course of deteriorating like some have feared, even if he didn't have the best stuff today. Previous to this game, Bronson has won all en games he's faced the Astros.
-Zach Cozart hit his 6th home run of the year with a 2 run blast that put the Reds up by one run early in the game. He had two hits in four at bats, 2 RBI's and a strikeout. His average improves to .240
-Brandon Phillips has continued his Gold Glove ways, including having the defensive play of the game with an amazing diving catch robbing the 'Stros of a line drive base hit only a few men on Earth should be able to catch.
- Reds pitching only gave up two walks.
- Sean Marshall struck out two and gave up no runs in his one inning of relief.

The Bad
- Joey Votto, who's name rarely appears on any list with the word bad in it, (unless it's a list of Bad MFer), cooled off against the Astros today, with only one hit, leaving a man on base and had a walk.
- Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce, Chris Heisey and Miguel Cairo all failed to reach base today.
- Usually solid Logan Ondrusek had a bumpy 8th inning and control problems, but did not let a runner cross the plate. He did give up a hit and also hit a batter with a pitch.
- Drew Stubbs gets a single hit, but hsi batting average still remains below .240, not what you want from one of the fastest hitters in the league who the Reds have been waiting to come around to fill in the lead off spot.
- In the last two series against perrenial NL Central cellar dwellers the Pirates and Astros, the Reds are .500 this season.

The Notables
- Despite a wonderful 73 degree day in Houston, the roof was closed for today's game.
- 19,914 showed up at Minute Maid park to watch the Astros stop the sweep.
- The Reds get an off day tomorrow. Tuesday they head back home to take on the Pirates in a 3 game series. First pitch is 7:10 pm.

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