Monday, October 8, 2012

Reds take 2-0 lead in NLDS against the Giants

Reds fans had no complaints about staying up late for game two of the NLDS in San Francisco thanks to starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo and a 9-0 win. Arroyo’s seven innings and the hard-swinging offense never allowed the Giants to even get close to a comeback.

Ryan Ludwick set the tone for the game in the top of the second inning, launching a home run into center field off the first pitch that came his way. The Reds maintained offensive momentum throughout the game, posting three runs in the fourth inning on singles by Scott Rolen and Ryan Hanigan, and another five runs in the eighth inning. Each of the starting position players managed to record at least one hit in the game.

The Giants’ Madison Bumgarner gave up seven hits and four earned runs before being replaced George Kantos in the fourth inning. The sold-out crowd at AT&T Park had nothing to cheer about Tim Lincecum took the mound in the fifth after throwing a total of two warm-up pitches. The Giants would use six pitchers in their attempts to come back against the Reds. 

Arroyo managed to go all the way to the fifth inning before allowing a hit and remained solid afterwards. Arroyo didn’t do it alone, though; he only recorded four strikeouts, allowing the Reds’ defense to truly shine at all positions.

Here's a full recap of the good, bad and notables from Game Two:

The Good:

+The Reds return to Cincinnati with a 2-0 lead in the series.+Bronson Arroyo threw seven innings allowing only one hit and one walk. Many believe he would have stayed in had the Reds' bats not given him too much time to cool down during their five run tirade in the eighth inning.
+Joey Votto shook off last night's fluke at the plate, with three hits and two runs.
+Ryan Hanigan continues to prove why he is the most underrated catcher in the MLB. Hanigan copiloted Arroyo's outing and drove in three runs.
+The offense is BACK. 86% of the Redlegs Review readers who responded to this week's poll question are most concerned with the Reds' offense for the postseason.

The Bad: What’s there to really say? If you’re really looking for something...

+Zack Cozart struck out twice. 
+Even with nine runs, the Runs managed to strand twelve. As Dusty has said many times, they need to "get 'em on, get 'em over, get 'em in."
+Jose Arredondo struggled to put away the Giants with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Along with a wild pitch, he totaled as many walks (1) and hits (1) in one inning as did Arroyo in seven.

The Notables:
+Homer Bailey is projected to start in Game 3 on Tuesday. He returned to Cincinnati early on Sunday with Johnny Cueto.

+Brian Wilson's black and orange manicure was more talked about than Bumgarner's start.

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