Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Arroyo leads Reds past Snakes, 3-2

The Reds (78-52) edged out the slumping Diamondbacks (64-65), 3-2, on Monday thanks to a do-it-all performance by Bronson Arroyo. The right-hander upped his season record to 11-7 after delivering a strong start, however his biggest contribution may have been his solo homer in the sixth, which was originally ruled a ground-rule double, but was reviewed and overturned, thus giving Cincy a 3-2 lead that they would hold on to for good.

The bullpen took care of the rest just like the Reds would have drew it up and they were able to send Arizona to their sixth defeat in their past eight games.

Here's a breakdown of the good, bad and notables from the desert:

The Good:
+ Arroyo simply did it all on Monday. He allowed just two runs on five hits in his six innings of work. His homer in the sixth turned out to be the game-winner. He was no. 1 on the season and no. 6 for his career.
+ Sean Marshall, Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman combined to pitch three innings of no-hit, no-run ball. It marked the 32nd save for Chapman, who converted his 24th straight save, a new club record.
+ Brandon Phillips was 2-3 with an RBI including his 27th double of the campaign.
+ Todd Frazier smacked his 22nd double as well for his only hit of the night.
+ A win on the road is always a good thing!

The Bad:
- Cincinnati was 0-9 with RISP and left eight on base. Yikes.
- Joey Votto still isn't back in the lineup yet.
- Drew Stubbs was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts.
- Ryan Ludwick (0-3), Jay Bruce (0-4), and Ryan Hanigan (0-3) each went without a base knock too.

The Notables:
+ A sparse crowd of 17,966 showed up to Chase Field for the weekday affair.
+ St. Louis snuck past the Pirates, 4-3, thus remaining six games behind the Reds for first place. The Bucs dropped to nine games back.
+ The Reds move to 53-47 all-time vs ARI and 27-20 all-time at Chase Field.
+ Up next: Game two of the 3-game series will commence on Tuesday as Johnny Cueto (16-6, 2.47) continues his Cy Young bid against Arizona's Tyler Skaggs (1-0, 2.70). It'll be another late start time of 9:40et.

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