Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Reds hold on for win over Philly, 3-2

A sure way to tell this is a special season – not even the Philadelphia curse can keep the Reds at bay. The Redlegs found a way to win in the City of Brotherly Love once again Wednesday night, holding on for a 3-2 victory.

Bronson Arroyo (10-7) was awesome on the hill, the Reds had just enough timely hitting and Aroldis Chapman held on in the ninth inning. For the complete breakdown, read on.

The breakdown of the evening’s festivities:

The Good
-Bronson Arroyo. The crafty veteran was outstanding on this night, working eight innings of three hit, two run ball. He did not walk a batter and he struck out four. Arroyo has been outstanding overall over his last 10 starts, allowing three runs or less seven of those outings. Oh by the way, he threw just 86 pitches tonight.
-Chapman shut down the door (again) in the ninth for his 31st save. He did allow a hit, but nothing more.
-The three guys the Reds are going to count on the most in October – and it looks like we can talk about October baseball now – Drew Stubbs, Ryan Ludwick and Jay Bruce all drove in runs, including Bruce hitting his 26th home run. We know that the Reds are going to get production from Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto, when he’s healthy. It’s these three guys that can make or break the pennant run.
-Ryan Hanigan went 2-for-3 and is batting .293 on the season.
-Todd Frazier had another hit and is hitting .294. Anyone think he can hit .300 for the year?
-Only one position player, Scott Rolen, did not collect at least one hit.

The Bad
-Rolen had a very rare error, his ninth of the year.
-Was Chapman really necessary tonight? After all, Arroyo was at just 86 pitches after eight. Still, this is nitpicking as obviously things worked out and it was just a one run game.

The Notables
-41,794 took in the battle. Philly still can pack the house despite a down year.
-Cincinnati banged out 11 hits during the night.
-With the win, the Reds moved to 76-49 overall while the Phillies slumped to 57-67.
-Johnny Cueto (16-6) will attempt to give the Reds a series victory as he opposes Cole Hamels (14-6) in a 7:05 affair on Thursday. 

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