Sunday, September 2, 2012

8th Inning Barrage Gives Reds Win Over Astros

Reds veteren Bronson Arroyo gave a solid effort Sunday afternoon, pitching 6 innings of 3 hit, 6 strikeout baseball. But a stagnant Reds offense wasn't able to catch up until late in the game.

By then, the Reds were down 8 to zip going into the eight inning, but a rare Drew Stubbs walk, followed by a Brandon Phillips single put two on for Bruce to hit a massive game changing 3 run homer, tying the game. A few batters later, Chris Heisey doubled in Todd Frazier, and Miguel Cairo doubled in Heisey, giving the Reds a 2 run lead that was good enough to win the game.

The Good
- Jay Bruce only had one hit today, the previously mentioned 3 run homer to tie up the game. And when you get three RBI's with one swing of the bat, your two strikeouts are forgivable. 
- After yesterday's ejection, Brandon Phillips came back with a vengeance today, getting 2 hits in five at bats. His batting average is now 1 point below his total last year, .299
- Bronson Arroyo continues to prove that last year was a fluke, pitching 6 innings and giving up only 1 earned run and a walk. But because of the Reds offensive woes early on (and the stupidity of the Win stat), Jose Arrendondo (who gave up 2 earned runs in one innning) was awarded the win.
- Xavier Paul had three at bats, two of them providing hits, he stole a base and one at bat ending in a strikeout. His batting average, while being a small sample size, is now .313. 

The Bad
- Zach Cozart went 0fer in the lead off spot, today, striking out once and getting a walk. Acceptable from a young player in the 7th or 8th hole, but not at the 1 spot. After struggling with the top of the order all season, many are speculating that Brandon Phillips will take over the lead off spot as early as tomorrow.
- Ryan Hanigan had an uncharacteristic hitless day today. He never struck out, but ended the game leaving three men on base.
- Jose Arrendondo got the W, but his performance was pretty bad. 2 hits one of them being a two run homer.

The Notables
- Today's game wraps up a three game series against the woeful Astros, with the Reds taking two of three.
- 17,291 showed up at Minute Maid Park to watch the Astros lose today.
-  A closed roof provided a comfortable 73 degree temperature at first pitch.
-The Reds return home tomorrow for another three game series against the Phillies. Tyler Cloyd (0-1 4.50 ERA, 5 SO) will take on Reds ace Johnny Cueto (17-6 2.48 ERA, 144 SO. The Reds will also face Kyle Kendrick on Tuesday and then Phillie Ace Roy Halladay on Wednesday.
- Joey Votto makes his long awaited return the Reds lineup this week against the Phillies after a rehab stint in both Dayton and Louisville.

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