Saturday, July 28, 2012

Reds push winning streak to eight, blank Rockies 3-0

Cincinnati (59-40) stretched their winning streak to a season-high eight games by blanking the Rockies (37-61), 3-0, at Coors Field on Friday. Bronson Arroyo made the start for the visitors and proceeded to earn his sixth victory of the campaign, while Colorado rookie Drew Pomeranz (1-6) took the loss. Aroldis Chapman notched his 20th save of the year after fanning the side in the bottom of the ninth. Yes, it was another banner night for the front running Reds.

Here's an overview of the good, the bad and the notables from the series opener:

The Good:
+ Arroyo tossed 6.2 innings of 6-hit, no-run ball to lower his ERA to 3.76. Whether you like the guy or not, there's no denying that he's been an innings eater and key contributor for this club since 2006.
+ Alfredo Simon may just be the greatest waiver claim of all-time. His ERA now stands at 1.41 after turning in 1.1 innings of shutout ball.
+ Chapman continues to amaze.
+ Ryan Ludwick and Ryan Hanigan each pounded out a pair of hits and drew a walk. Ludwick also added an RBI (44) and two runs scored.
+ Scott Rolen contributed two hits to the effort as well, both singles.
+ Xavier Paul is quickly emerging as the go-to guy off the pine. He promptly delivered a pinch-hit single on the first pitch he saw in the ninth.
+ Cincinnati pitching did not surrender a single base on balls.
+ The Reds win again! That's EIGHT in a row and five in a row on games played on Fridays. In fact, they've now won eight of their past nine games played on Friday.

The Bad:
- Drew Stubbs was hitless in five plate appearances.
- Jay Bruce failed to get on base in four trips to the dish.
- Arroyo recorded the hat trick with three Ks in his only three at-bats.
- Pittsburgh edged out the good-for-nothing Astros, 6-5, to stay within 2.0 games of the division-leading Reds.

The Notables:
+ Rolen made his 2,000th career appearance.
+ The Reds have now won 15 of their last 17 games.
+ The contest took 2:46 to complete before a paid crowd of 38,214.
+ It marked just the second victory in the past 14 games at Coors Field for Cincy. And just their 9th win in the last 33 games versus Colorado overall.
+ Up next: Johnny Cueto (12-5, 2.23 ERA) puts his league-leading ERA on the line against Colorado's Christian Friedrich (5-7, 5.71) on Saturday. The action is slated to get underway at 8:10et.

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